John Singleton, Oscar-Nominated Director, Hospitalized After Suffering A Stroke

John Singleton
John Singleton 71st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Los Angeles, USA - 02 Feb 2019 Matt Baron/Shutterstock

John Singleton, whose Boyz n the Hood remains one of the definitive movies of the 1990s, has suffered a stroke and is hospitalized.

Social media has erupted with shout-outs and prayers for the director, who is reportedly at Cedars Sinai.

The Singleton family has issued a statement. “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.  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.”

Singleton was nominated for two Oscars – Best Director and Best Original Screenplay – for Boyz n the Hood, becoming the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories. The gritty tale of gangs in South Central Los Angeles marked the acting debuts of Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, and also starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Regina King and Angela Bassett

He also directed Michael Jackson’s video for “Remember The Time.”  His other credits include Rosewood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers. 

In TV, Singleton directed The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and episodes of Empire and Billions.

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