Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton is hospitalized in a coma, a new court filing reveals.
The legal documents obtained by Deadline state that Singleton suffered a “major stroke” on Wednesday, April 17, and is “unable to provide for his personal needs.” He is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Due to the 51-year-old filmmaker’s condition, his mother Sheila Ward, has filed for temporary conservatorship over her son and his estate.
Ward submitted the application in California Superior Court on Thursday, April 25, because the writer-producer-director was in the midst of finalizing a series of business deals before his health emergency.
Singleton “was engaged in several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement on or about April 30, 2019,” the documents state.
Ward said the director’s estate will suffer “substantial financial loss” if a temporary conservator is not appointed.
The producer’s family first addressed his hospitalization on Saturday, April 20. However, no specific information was given on his condition.
“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the statement read. “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. ”
The Snowfall co-creator is perhaps best known for directing Boyz n the Hood. The 1991 film earned two Oscar nominations –- best director and best original screenplay — making him the youngest director ever nominated for an Academy Award.
Singleton’s rep has yet to comment on the recent news.