The legendary film director, John Singleton, has reportedly fallen into a coma.
The 51-year-old Oscar nominee had a stroke on April 17. Although it was reportedly mild, news broke Thursday that he was in a coma. People.com reported that Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, has filed an application to “establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate.”
The court documents reportedly read in part that Singleton “is currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs.” Ward said her son was involved in “several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement.” The conservatorship would allow his mother to prevent a “substantial financial loss.”
It was not clear if Singleton has prepared a will or a living will.
Singleton was reportedly experiencing weakness in his leg after flying back from Costa Rica before he suffered his stroke. The long flight may have triggered the medical emergency.
Singleton is known for films like 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood,” which earned him Academy Awards nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He was the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories. He was also the first African-American to be nominated for Best Director.
Aside from also directed episodes of “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Empire,” and “Billions,” the Los Angeles native and father of four has won two NAACP Image Awards and an MTV Movie Award.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. It’s often described as a brain attack. Brain cells die when they are starved of oxygen.
Approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, making it the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. For African-Americans, however, the risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high compared to whites. Blacks also suffer the highest rate of death due to stroke. A stroke also occurs earlier in life for African-Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups, according to the National Stroke Association.