Peter Thomas Remembers Late Friend John Singleton in Emotional Tribute

Peter Thomas Remembers Late Friend John Singleton in Emotional Tribute

Celebrities are paying their respects to John Singleton following his passing on April 29.

By Laura Rosenfeld
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As the world mourns the loss of John Singleton following his passing on April 29, Peter Thomas shared a poignant personal connection to the late Academy Award-nominated director.

Peter took to Instagram to share his most recent memory of Singleton, who he ran into at the Prime Hotel in Miami about five or six weeks ago. Just hours prior, Peter had shared his hopes for Singleton's recovery while he was in a coma after suffering a stroke on April 17. "I have been all week praying for my friend @johnsingleton to wake up and feel better, GOD, please don’t take him yet," Peter said.

Peter then shared his initial reaction after hearing of the Boyz n the Hood director's passing. "I am extremely, extremely saddened by this because he was a good guy, and he was a guy that's for black people, and he was a guy that was trying to put us on another level at all times. He was an artist," he said.

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R.I.P

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta club owner ended the video by saying that he has taken away something important from experiencing this loss. "I just wish this guy was still with us. And it's really, really f--king sad. It's really sad. Because I just saw him less than two months ago, and we talked for 10 minutes in the lobby of the Prime Hotel. And now he's not here," Peter said. "So I'm telling you for everyone out there, if you care about anybody, think about how much you're gonna miss them when they're not here. And let them know how much you care about them today."

Kenya Moore also opened up about the great impact Singleton left on her life after she met him 25 years ago. "When I tell you my heart is crushed. I met #JohnSingleton around 1994. He was always so kind, smart, funny and sweet and he was a true visionary. He was so humble and fun and was 'woke' when that wasn’t even a 'thing' back then," she shared in a post that featured a throwback photo of herself with the director.

"John, you are a class act, loving father and great friend and mentor. Your heart is pure and I pray for your family for this tremendous loss. Your art will live on. You are a part of history. We love you. Rest In Peace," she concluded.

Fellow Bravolebs Bethenny Frankel, Reza Farahan, and Mike Shouhed were among the many celebrities who have paid tribute to Singleton so far.

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This is where it all started. The Genesis - The Genius - The Genre Maker/Star Maker (Taraji P. Henson, Ice Cube, Tyrese Gibson, Lawrence Fishburne, Regina King,Nia Long, Angela Basset, Cuba Gooding, Jr. - in no particular order as these are all great actors/actresses). John Singleton gave me a chance. When I left the audition for "Boyz N' The Hood" as he shook my hand, he gave me a stronger grip than normal and looked me in the eye. I felt he was basically giving me a signal that I had the job without telling me. From there, there was no comprehension of the massive chain of events that was about to follow. People from all over the world literally tell me how they’re affected by Boyz ‘N The Hood. The magnitude and world-wide impact that his ground-breaking film would have for society cannot be measured. Helping to bring awareness of what it takes to come to maturity as a black male in the 'Hood, or die trying... Helping to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced. Dealing with challenges and adversity in life and in general. From that lesson, for anyone who watches Boyz N’ The Hood, we are able to learn a little more about ourselves and each other. Hopefully, we are able to grow, evolve and gain a deeper love and understanding of our humanity. John Singleton, thank you for your vision. Thank you for holding my hand a little stronger. Thank you for connecting with me and thank you for connecting me to history. Thank you for connecting and transcending generations, nationalities, nations, races, communities, societies. Thank you, John Singleton, for connecting us all. #RIP #JohnSingleton

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