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Famed Director John Singleton in a Coma Following Major Stroke

Famed Director John Singleton in a Coma Following Major Stroke
John Singleton at the "Selma" & Legends Who Paved the Way Gala at the Bacara Resort & Spa (Photo credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

Academy Award-nominated director John Singleton, 51, suffered a major stroke last week, CNN reports. The filmmaker has since fallen into a coma.

The news network obtained court documents filed Thursday by Singleton’s mother, Sheil Ward, seeking a conservatorship. The documents said the director is “currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs” or “manage his financial resources.”

According to the documents, he was “engaged in several business projects” and was in the process of signing “a lucrative settlement agreement.”

Singleton’s family released a statement Saturday confirming that he was in the ICU after suffering a stroke in the hospital last. “On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the family statement read. “John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care.”

TMZ reports the Boyz N the Hood director checked himself into Cedars Sinai hospital after experiencing pain in his leg after flying home from Costa Rica.

Singleton is the youngest and the first African-American person to receive an Academy Award nomination for best director. Snowfall, an FX series the director co-created, was renewed for a third season last year.

Fellow film visionary Ava DuVernay took to Twitter on Thursday sending the beloved director well wishes.


Rapper Snoop Dogg, who appeared in Singleton’s Baby Boy movie, asked for prayers.

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