Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, 51, ‘in a coma’ after suffering stroke
Director and screenwriter John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering a major stroke.
The 51-year-old director’s stroke is much more serious than the family first revealed over the weekend according to a Thursday report from TMZ.
The medical emergency occurred last week after returning from a trip in Costa Rica as the filmmaker experienced problems with his legs as family members previously characterized the stroke as ‘mild’.
Tough times: Director and screenwriter John Singleton (pictured in February) is in a coma after suffering a major stroke according to a Thursday report from TMZ
Legal documents obtained by TMZ state that John’s mother, Shiela Ward, is requesting that a judge appoint her as temporary conservator because he is ‘unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.’
Ward stated that her son was engaged in several business projects and was also prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement before the medical emergency and she would like to handle those affairs while Singleton is unable to.
His family had issued a statement on Saturday afternoon giving a status on his condition.
Sad: The medical emergency occurred last week after returning from a trip in Costa Rica as the filmmaker experienced problems with his legs as family members previously characterized the stroke as ‘mild’
‘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,’ their statement read according to THR.
‘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.’
Columnist B. Scott broke the news on her blog on Saturday morning, writing: ‘According to our sources, the legendary John Singleton is in the hospital after suffering a stroke,’
‘His condition is unknown at this time, but we’re sending prayers his way. We’ll keep you updated with any significant developments.’ Scott wrote.
TMZ reports that Singleton checked himself into a medical center after suffering weakness in his leg.
A family member told the site he had just flown back from Costa Rica, which may have triggered the health issue.
The stroke was described as ‘mild’ by sources.
Prayers: Singleton’s pal Snoop Dogg posted a message on social media after the news was reported on Saturday
Singleton’s pal Snoop Dogg posted a message on social media after the news was reported on Saturday.
‘Pray [for] my brother John Singleton.’ the rapper wrote next to a photo of himself with the director.
Actor Omar Epps wrote: ‘Prayers up for [John Singleton,]. Pull thru brother! The world needs your voice and vision. Prayers up for your family as well.
Hip hop star P.M. Dawn tweeted: ‘Prayers up Ya’ll. I just woke up & heard director John Singleton had a stroke. We still need you Sir, please fight it & bounce back.’
Singleton is best known for directing 1991 film Boyz n the Hood starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube.
He also wrote and directed Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and the 2000 version of Shaft.
Singleton is divorced and has four adult children.
The 51-year-old, best known for helming 1991 film Boyz n the Hood (pictured starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube) was hospitalized on Friday night. His celebrity pals confirmed the news on social media