John Singleton was earlier on Monday morning, reported to have died, as tributes pour in for the legendary Hollywood director from friends and fans. But the news of his death turns out to be false, as his publicist refuted the reports, saying that John is still alive, but on life support.
According to the publicist, “John Singleton is still on life support,” and that the reporting from FOX4 that he died this morning is “inaccurate.” The Kansas City news station reported on April 29 that John’s family told their film critic, Shawn Edwards, that the Boyz n the Hood director passed away after suffering a stroke and being placed in a medically-induced coma on April 17.
The news of his death or him being alive is still confusing, as both his family members have been giving conflicting reports as to his state of health. One report had it that John’s family told FOX4 that the director passed away, with another saying his publicist told TMZ that he is reportedly still alive and on life support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA.
This also confirms what the daughter said earlier, countering her family on the rumour about his death.
He is reportedly still in a medically-induced coma and “not getting better” after suffering a stroke on April 17.
This news is coming just a day after Empire star, Taraji Hensen and singer Tyrese paid him a visit at the hospital on Sunday and gave an update on the health status of John Singleton.
Taraji Hensen after her visit with Tyrese had posted this on her social media:
“Visited you today,” she wrote. “Me and @tyrese prayed so hard over you. You heard my voice and jumped up. I HAVE HOPE AND FAITH BECAUSE I KNOW THAT #GODIS. Keep praying EVERYBODY for our beloved @johnsingleton.”
Tyrese commented on the photo, writing, “Heavy heart, state of shock but there was something powerful about feeling the presence of God that gave us the reassurance that God is going to pull him through this……… The idea that me and Taraji prayed hard over john so much history so much genuine love….. We can only hope and keep praying that God brings him back to us!!!!!!!!!”
John Singleton’s daughter, Cleopatra, had before now, said her father’s health was not as bad as her grandmother makes it out to be. She claims he is not in a coma but rather he is “medically sedated to keep his blood pressure low and allow the vessels in his brain to heal.”
Singleton’s mother, Sheila Ward, wants to be named his conservator but Cleopatra claims Ward has “abused” her position as Singleton’s manager and has “stated she plans to liquidate his assets immediately and leave his children with nothing.”
John Singleton was nominated for the Best Director Oscar for Boyz n The Hood in 1992, he was the youngest person (aged 24) to be nominated for the award, as well as the first African American. He also directed Poetic Justice (1993), Shaft (2000) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), as well as episodes of Empire and American Crime Story.