John Singleton, the iconic African-American producer/director who brought genre-defining movies such as Poetic Justice, Baby Boy, Hustle N Flow, Boyz N The Hood and many other films to the Big Screen, was reported to have died today after suffering what has been described as a “major” stroke last week while returning from a trip to Costa Rica.
But a representative for Singleton says the director is alive and remains comatose.
Condolences began pouring across social media as reports of Singleton’s death spread across the Web.
RIP John Singleton pic.twitter.com/xvqPHSr49D— iloveblackmovies (@iloveblckmovies) April 29, 2019
However, TMZ reported this morning that Singleton is in a medically-induced coma but “is not getting any better”.
Stroke victims are often placed in medically induced comas to decrease brain swelling and to allow the brain’s cells to heal after a stroke–more specifically in the case of a severe stroke.
Unfortunately, the severity of the stroke and the patient’s overall health and age are determining factors that dictate when or even if a patient recovers–and to what his extent his or her body and brain have been impacted.
Last week, reports surfaced that Singleton’s mother was seeking conservatorship over his estate.
Reports have indicated that a battle could be brewing over Singleton’s sizeable assets in the event he passes, or is unable to oversee his holdings long-term.
Singleton, 51, has produced or directed over a dozen critically-acclaimed projects, including an episode of Fox’s Empire.
He also appeared as himself in a 2013 episode of the now-defunct TV show The Game.
In a 2016 interview, Singleton spoke to Vice.com about plans to return to the big screen with an Urban film.
I’d rather make films that were in the same milieu, but with different characters. Like Baby Boy, which is a counterpoint to Boyz N the Hood. Baby Boyis one of my favourite films that I’ve made, because it’s the same world. I am planning another urban film. I won’t say what it is, but I’m interested in doing a film about post-Obama America. The psychological implications of the aftermath of that. And to deal with race and class in a different way.–Vice