Report: ‘Boyz N The Hood’ Filmmaker John Singleton In A Coma After Suffering ‘Major’ Stroke

He's the youngest person and the first African-American to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.


Sad news for famed director John Singleton as, after his family initially described his stroke as "mild," it is now being reported that it was of much greater intensity as he has now fallen into a coma.

TMZ reports that, according to legal documents, his mother, Sheila Ward-Johnson, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator, as he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter."

Elsewhere in the documents, she explained that her son was in the process of securing several business ventures and was preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement. Due to his current health status, she claims he is unable to carry out his professional affairs, and is asking that a judge appoint her to execute the agreement on his behalf.

Furthermore, the docs state that, as the Boyz N the Hood director "did not have any medical directives," conservatorship is needed.



Well wishes and prayer are in order for Boyz n the Hood director, John Singleton. According to TMZ, the 51-year-old father of four suffered a stroke.

The producer, director, and screenwriter checked himself into the hospital when he experienced weakness in his leg while returning back from Costa Rica. The family member that spoke with TMZ stated that the plane flight may have triggered the medical emergency.

From what we know so far, the Oscar-nominated director may have suffered a “mild” stroke, but doctors are performing tests and also preparing him for rehab.

Singleton is known for directing and producing several films that include Baby Boy, Shaft, and Higher Learning. His recent project is Snowfall, which chronicles the crack epidemic in the 1980s in Los Angeles.

Friends including Nia Long and Snoop Dogg shared their condolences on Instagram.

We’re praying for his speedy recovery.

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