John Singleton’s family warns African American men to get tested for high blood pressure after revered director’s shock death of a stroke at 51

By MIA DE GRAAF HEALTH EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

John Singleton’s family is imploring other African American men to be aware of their heightened stroke risk, and to get tested for high blood pressure.

Singleton, the revered filmmaker who directed his first feature film, hit movie Boyz N The Hood, at just 22 years old, died at 51 on Monday after suffering a shock stroke, following years battling high blood pressure.

African American men have higher rates of early death – largely from cancer and cardiovascular disease – than any other demographic group in the US.

A family representative released a statement paying tribute to Singleton, in which they called on others to be aware of the health risks.

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