While we still mourn the passing of an icon in John Singleton, many have expressed their condolences and honor his tribute to the culture.

Former President Barack Obama was one of many fans and celebrities to offer his condolences on social media and remember Singleton’s tremendous legacy and contributions to film.

Singleton’s contributions to film undoubtedly opened the doors for more people of color who strived be make it in Hollywood. Obama thanked the late-director for his efforts which ultimately helped a new generation of filmmakers to tell their own stories.

“Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored,” Obama wrote.

Singleton passed away at the age of 51, after suffering a massive stroke on April 17. He was reportedly on life support before his family made the tough decision to remove the emergency treatment.

Obama’s thoughts join an outpour of love from other stars such as Taraji P Henson, Tyrese, and Ice Cube. Legends never die, they live in our hearts forever through their contributions and actions.