Director John Singleton Is in a Coma After Suffering a Stroke

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On Saturday, Deadline reported that John Singleton, the director and screenwriter behind works like Boyz n the Hood and Rosewood, has suffered a stroke and is now receiving ICU care. His family released a statement, clarifying:

“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. 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.”

In 1992, Singleton became the first African-American director, and youngest director ever, to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Boyz n the Hood (which also earned him a Best Original Screenplay nomination). More recently, John Singleton created and has been working as executive producer on the critically acclaimed FX series Snowfall, which is set to premiere its third season later this year. Across social media, friends and admirers alike are reaching out to share well wishes and prayers for a quick recovery.

On April 25, TMZ reported that Singleton fell into a coma, and that his family is seeking a temporary conservatorship. According to his mother, Sheila Ward, Singleton was in the middle of several lucrative business deals when he had his stroke. She is seeking the temporary conservatorship in order to close those deals.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated accordingly.

Director John Singleton in Coma After Suffering Stroke