'Boyz N The Hood' director John Singleton 'still alive' despite death reports

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Director John Singleton, at the 2018 DGA Awards (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Director John Singleton, at the 2018 DGA Awards (Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

John Singleton is hanging on to his life after reports he had died aged 51.

The acclaimed director suffered a stroke 12 days ago, after reportedly checking himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA with pains in his legs, but hispublicist has made it clear that he is still alive.

Singleton is reportedly in a medically-induced coma and on life support but sadly is not showing signs of recovery, reports TMZ.

The gossip site claims that his mother, Shelia Ward, described his stroke as major and they report that his condition is dire.

Other journalists are also reporting that the director is still alive including Buzzfeed News’ Michael Blackmon and The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker.

Singleton earned critical acclaim for directing 1991 film Boyz N The Hood, starring Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding Jr, which he earned an Oscar nomination for.

Just 24 at the time, the director became the youngest nominee in the Best Director category and first black filmmaker to be nominated too.

John Singleton in a coma following a major stroke(Credit: Tim Goodwin/STAR MAX/IPx 2003)
John Singleton in a coma following a major stroke(Credit: Tim Goodwin/STAR MAX/IPx 2003)

Singleton’s directing credits also include Poetic Justice (1993), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Shaft (2000).

While Singleton’s life hangs in the balance, TMZ also reports that there is a battle over the control of his estate between his mother and four children.

The website claims Ward has asked a judge to be appointed the temporary conservator of his business affairs but his daughter Cleopatra is allegedly trying to block it so that she and her siblings aren’t “freezed out.”


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