John Singleton, the Academy Award-nominated director of iconic films like “Boyz n the Hood,” has suffered a stroke, according to his family.
“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” a statement from Singleton’s family read. “We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends and colleagues.”
[UPDATED] What We Know:
- FX Network, which airs “Snowfall,” a show that Singleton executive produces, called him a “fighter” in a statement.
- Singleton is most notably known for films that examine the complexities of inner-city life and coming of age for African American youth. At 24, he was the youngest filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination for best director and best original screenplay for his 1991 debut film “Boyz n the Hood.”
- Singleton is also responsible for several successful black films such as “Rosewood,” “Poetic Justice,” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
- Although it was reportedly mild, news broke Thursday that he was in a coma. People.com reported that Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, has filed an application to “establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate.”
- The court documents reportedly read in part that Singleton “is currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs.” Ward said her son was involved in “several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement.” The conservatorship would allow his mother to prevent a “substantial financial loss.”
- It was not clear if Singleton has prepared a will or a living will.
- Singleton was reportedly experiencing weakness in his leg after flying back from Costa Rica before he suffered his stroke. The long flight may have triggered the medical emergency.
Our thoughts and prayers are with John Singleton and his family.