Director John Singleton Taken Off Life Support, Reports Say

April 29, 2019 Updated: April 30, 2019

The family of John Singleton announced they are taking the “Boyz n the Hood” director off life support.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors,” the family said in a statement.

The statement added that Singleton “quietly struggled with hypertensions,” adding that about 40 percent of “African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe,” TMZ reported.

There were reports earlier on April 29 that Singleton died, but later articles clarified that he was still alive albeit not responding to treatment. He suffered a stroke last week, his family said.

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John Singleton attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., on March 4, 2018. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Days before that, his daughter said that he wasn’t in a coma in a court filing.

“My father is not in a coma,” Cleopatra Singleton wrote in the filing, according to The Associated Press.

She said that that while doctors “do not have a concrete diagnosis, my dad is progressing every day … My father is breathing on his own. He is only medically sedated to keep his blood pressure low and allow the vessels in his brain to heal.”

Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, she added, has misrepresented his condition.

Cleopatra Singleton, who is a college sophomore at Xavier University of Louisiana, told AP that her grandmother has acted as her son’s personal and business manager, adding that she mismanaged his affairs.

“She has abused this position particularly pertaining to the support of his children,” the court filing added. “Sadly my father’s allowed his mother to stay in that position out of fear and obligation to her.”

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