Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton suffered a stroke this week and remains hospitalized, according to his family, the AP reports. Additional details, including his condition, were not immediately available. In a statement released Saturday, Singleton's family announced that the 51-year-old filmmaker was in ICU and "under great medical care." "On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital," the statement reads. "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." Variety reports that the stroke has been called "mild."
Author Neil deGrasse Tyson and actor Omar Epps have been among those tweeting wishes Saturday for a quick recovery; Snoop Dogg, Jonathan Levine, and William Friedkin also gave their well wishes, per the Hollywood Reporter. Singleton became the first black filmmaker to receive an Oscar nomination when he was cited for his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood, set in his native Los Angeles and released in 1991. His other films include Poetic Justice, which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, and Rosewood. Singleton's recent projects include the TV series Snowfall, a crime drama set in 1980s Los Angeles. Singleton felt leg weakness after flying home from Costa Rica and checked himself in this week, per TMZ, which broke the story. The flight may have contributed to the health problem.
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