Cuba Gooding Jr. Shared Touching Words With John Singleton Before He Died

The actor managed to speak to John Singleton just before he passed away from a stroke.

(AllHipHop News) Cuba Gooding Jr. has paid tribute to his "Boyz N The Hood" director John Singleton, after saying a final farewell to the filmmaker in person in hospital before his death.

The Oscar-nominated director suffered a stroke on April 17 after which he was put on life support at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with his family making the difficult decision to pull the plug and let him go on Monday.

After Singleton's death was confirmed, many of his peers paid tribute, with Cuba - who starred in the 1991 movie - among the first to honor the acclaimed movie veteran.

"I was able yesterday to sit with John privately and whispered in his ear that I loved him and thanked him for starting my career," Cuba told Entertainment Tonight in a statement. "Then I was able to pray with his family... They are strong."

Regina King, who collaborated with John on various projects, shared a slideshow of pictures of the pair together on Instagram and wrote: "Rest In Power, my friend. One of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you GOD for blessing us with this gift better known as John Singleton. Having trouble finding enough words to share just what you mean to me. Will always love you John! Your spirit will forever shine bright."

Directors Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Kevin Smith and Ron Howard also praised John for changing the landscape of film with his movies.