Ice Cube, others mourn director Singleton at private funeral

Actor Ving Rhames, right, a cast member in director John Singleton's 2001 film "Baby Boy," arrives at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Tyrese, who was a cast member in director John Singleton's 2001 film "Baby Boy," arrives at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
A hearse carrying the casket of film director John Singleton leaves Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, after a memorial service in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Director F. Gary Gray arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
FILE - This March 4, 2018 file photo shows John Singleton at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Singleton has died at 51, according to statement from his family, Monday, April 29, 2019. He died Monday after suffering a stroke almost two weeks ago. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Actress Nia Long, a cast member in director John Singleton's 1991 debut film "Boyz n the Hood," arrives at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Costume designer Ruth Carter, second from right, arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Congresswoman Maxine Waters arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Stevie Wonder leaves a memorial service for film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Justice Maya Singleton, left, daughter of the late film director John Singleton, greets guests at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor/rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Cars file into the Angelus Funeral Home parking lot for a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Tina Knowles, left, and husband Richard Lawson arrive at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor/rapper Ice Cube, a cast member in director John Singleton's 1991 debut film "Boyz n the Hood," arrives at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Morris Chestnut, a cast member in director John Singleton's 1991 debut film "Boyz n the Hood," arrives at a memorial service for Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Director Ryan Coogler arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
NFL football legend and actor Jim Brown, right, arrives at a memorial service for the late film director John Singleton at Angelus Funeral Home, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Singleton died on April 29 following a stroke. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES — Family, friends and dignitaries including Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were among those mourning director John Singleton at his Los Angeles funeral on Monday.

The private service was held at Angelus Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, the neighborhood formerly known as South Central, where Singleton spent part of his childhood and where his career-defining film, "Boyz N the Hood," was set.

Media was not allowed inside the funeral, which lasted about two hours before Singleton's casket was carried out.

Others who paid their respects include "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler and the film's Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth Carter, "Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray, football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, rapper Ludacris, and actors Ving Rhames, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese.

Tyrese was among the stars of Singleton's 2001 film "Baby Boy" and 2003's "2 Fast 2 Furious." Chestnut, Ice Cube and Long all appeared in "Boyz N the Hood," Singleton's 1991 first feature, which made him the first black filmmaker and youngest person to be nominated for a best director Oscar.

The film was the acting debut for Ice Cube and Chestnut. Both praised the director at the time of his death , with Cube saying in a statement that spoke directly to Singleton that his "passion for telling our stories from our point of view was more than an obsession, it was your mission in life. Your love for the black experience was contagious."

The director's other films included 1993's "Poetic Justice," 2000's "Shaft" and 2005's "Four Brothers," and he was the co-creator of the current FX television series "Snowfall."

The service came a week after Singleton's family announced that he had died at age 51 , days after he suffered a stroke. A family statement said Singleton was taken off life support on March 29 and died, though a death certificate issued Monday lists the date of his death as March 28.

Singleton is scheduled to be laid to rest at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills later Monday.

The director's mother Shelia Ward filed court documents Friday that included Singleton's 1993 will. The will names Ward as executor and leaves nearly all of his property to daughter Justice Singleton, who at the time was his only child. He later had four more children.

Ward and her attorney estimate in the document that Singleton's estate is worth $3.8 million.

Angelus Funeral Home and Forest Lawn also handled the funeral and burial of rapper Nipsey Hussle , a South Los Angeles native who was shot and killed in the neighborhood about a month before Singleton died.

Forest Lawn is the final resting place of many Hollywood luminaries including Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bette Davis and Lucille Ball.

A Singleton representative said his family is also planning a public memorial and is deciding on the details, a representative said.

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Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton .

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