Earlier this week, the 60-year-old actress attended the CHANEL Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner, where she responded to the tragic loss of the director, who cast her in his feature film debut, Boyz n the Hood, which helped expand her career.
"You gain a little knowledge from everyone, you know, and one of course that I'm thinking on so serious today is my dear John Singleton," she somberly explained on the red carpet. "Pretty difficult for all of us, because he made such an impression on our lives, on filmmakers, on actors, on audiences, on his family. On the world over, you know, great storyteller. Great legacy he leaves behind, but we miss him dearly already. He had a real impact on my life."
The 51-year-old director suffered a massive stroke on April 17. Afterward, it was revealed that he had slipped into a coma.
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Besides Boyz n the Hood, Singleton was also responsible for films like Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and more.
Bassett wasn't the only star on hand for the dinner. Robert De Niro, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne and more attended the event, which honors artists who have contributed artwork to the festival's filmmakers.
This year, Jeff Koons, Shepard Fairey, JR, Eddie Kang, Swoon, Stephen Hannock, Jane Dickson, Fred Tomaselli and Walter Robinson were among the honorees.