Director John Singleton to be taken off life support following stroke

Taraji P Henson asks for prayers for John Singleton

"Lifting my highest thoughts + prayers of intercession for John Singleton", DuVernay said in a tweet that included photos of the two directors together.

John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. He had been on life support, but ultimately his family made the "agonizing decision" to remove him from life support on Monday, they said in a statement via Singleton's representatives. At the same time, other media entities are reporting that Singleton's spokesperson is still telling reporters that Singleton is alive and on life support.

John Singleton, who suffered a stroke on April 17 and has been in the hospital since, has not died, his publicist confirms to PEOPLE.

Singleton's mother, Shelia Ward, claimed in court documents filed last week that Singleton was "in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs" or "manage his financial resources". It starred Cuba Gooding Jr., then an unknown, and rap star Ice Cube. Singleton received Oscar nominations for best director and best original screenplay.

Early in his career, Singleton also directed Michael Jackson's music video for the song "Remember the Time", which he called "a phenomenal experience". Rosewood, about the 1923 Florida massacre, could be seen something of a return to form.

Yesterday, actress Taraji P. Henson - who collaborated with Singleton on a number of films - visited the father-of-five in hospital and claimed he "jumped up" in his comatose state when he heard her voice.

The statement also indicates Singleton "quietly struggled with hypertension", a condition characterized by abnormally high blood pressure.

Singleton is best known for his directorial work in Hollywood. They're great films, but they're just product.

Latterly, Singleton has accused Hollywood of trying to "homogenise" black film-making.

Singleton's recent projects include creating and executive producing the FX Networks TV series "Snowfall", as well as directing the fifth episode of the network's "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story". Singleton was married just once, to Ghanian actress, Akosua Gyamama Busia. Along with being in a medically induced coma, the outlet noted that the 51-year-old is unresponsive and not improving.

Singleton's death comes following the March passing of actor Luke Perry, who at 52 also died from a stroke.



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