clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

John Singleton's family will take him off life support today

The director suffered a stroke earlier this month.


After being placed on life support after suffering a stroke nearly two weeks ago, John Singleton's family has made a difficult decision.

In a statement published by the New York Times on Monday (April 29), the family of the acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter shared that they have chosen to take the 51-year-old off life support.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today," the statement read. "This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors."

The beloved South Los Angeles native is best known for his 1991 debut film, Boyz N the Hood. He became the first Black director to garner an Oscar nomination for the now-classic movie, as well as became the youngest nominee in the category. He went on to direct more than 10 films and TV series during his multifaceted career.

His impressive film catalog includes works such as Poetic Justice (1993), Rosewood (1997) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). Most recently, Singleton's FX crime drama, "Snowfall," which centers on the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, was renewed for a third season.

Last week, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, reportedly filed for a temporary conservator for her son. Ward claims Singleton suffered a "major stroke" and is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter."

After reports broke regarding Ward's decision to seek a conservator on her son's behalf, Singleton's daughter Cleopatra issued a statement refuting that her father was in a coma. As previously reported, Singleton decided to check himself into a hospital after returning from a trip to Costa Rica, noting that he was experiencing weakness in one of his legs. He reportedly suffered a stroke while seeking treatment following his travels.

Singleton will be survived by his mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis and Seven.

A representative for the Singleton family stated that details regarding a memorial service will be provided at a later date.

Colleagues in the film, TV and music industries, have begun taking to social media to react to the heartbreaking news, with countless noting his undeniable influence and legacy with touching tributes. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Singleton family at this time.

Sign up for the newsletter Join the revolution.

Get REVOLT updates weekly so you don’t miss a thing.