An acclaimed film director and producer who has been focusing on television in recent years is in a coma after suffering a stroke. The AP reports that John Singleton, who received two Oscar nominations in 1992 for “Boyz n the Hood,” is in a coma in a Los Angeles hospital.
“The 51-year-old director’s condition was revealed in a court filing from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting she be immediately appointed his temporary conservator to make medical and financial decisions for him while he is incapacitated,” the AP reports. “Singleton’s family had previously announced that he’d had a stroke on April 17, but there had been no details revealed about the seriousness of his condition.”
“Boyz n the Hood,” Singleton’s debut feature film, made him the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination, the report notes. Singleton was nominated both for Best Director and for his screenplay for the film.
His other movies include 1993′s “Poetic Justice,” which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, 1997′s “Rosewood,” and 2003′s “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
He has been working mainly in television lately, including executive producing the FX series “Snowfall” and directing episodes of “Billions,” “American Crime Story,” “Empire” and other shows.
“The papers say that at the time of the stroke, Singleton was engaged in several business deals and had been set to sign a lucrative settlement agreement on or around April 30,” the AP reports. “The documents say that if a conservator cannot sign the papers on his behalf, it will mean a big financial loss.”
Here’s a clip of Singleton talking about writing “Boyz n the Hood,” which includes some raunchy language …