BREAKING NEWS: Critically acclaimed director John Singleton will be removed from life support, according to family statement

John Singleton attends FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration at Craft on September 16, 2017 in Century City, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)


The time has unfortunately come, and the family of acclaimed director John Singleton has decided to remove him from life support. The decision was made by his family on Monday after they issued a statement delivered to TheWrap, explaining their plan to allow Singleton to die peacefully after he suffered a massive stroke nearly two weeks ago.

The family issued the following statement about Singleton’s passing:

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of 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.

John Singleton is a prolific, ground-breaking director who changed the game and opened doors in Hollywood, a world that was just a few miles away, yet worlds away, from the neighborhood in which he grew up.

John grew up in South Central L.A with a love of cinema that showed itself early on. He went on to become one of the most lauded graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Within months of graduating, John returned to South Central to shoot his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood. The movie, which was unusually shot in sequence, masterfully captured a story of friendship, youth and the peril of hard choices in a community marred by gang violence. The film earned special honors at its debut at Cannes and Singleton went onto become the youngest director and first African-American writer-director nominated for the Academy Award.  Two decades later, the film was placed in the Library of Congress, a marker of its cultural and historical significance.

John loved nothing more than giving opportunities to new talent and his films came to be known for career -making roles with actors who the industry would come to embrace; talents such as Tupac Shakur, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Ice Cube, Tyrese and Taraji P. Henson.

Singleton’s work spanned genres and showcased his curiosity and creativity: the remake of Shaft, was a homage to his mentor, Gordon Parks. He also made historical films such as Rosewood and action films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious. Films like Baby Boy and Four Brothers were prescient in the questions they posed about men and the crisis in American masculinity. As streaming platforms created new opportunities in television, Singleton took his talents to shows such as Billions, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Empire.  Most recently, he co-created and executive produced the current FX hit drama series Snowfall, in which he engaged such writing talents as Walter Mosley.

John was such a supernova in his youth that we forget that he was only beginning to fully assert his gifts as a director. Kurosawa was 52 when he directed High Low. Hitchcock was 56 when he directed To Catch a Thief.   As much as we will treasure his body of work, we were looking forward to the films John would have made in the years ahead.

In his private life, John is a loving and supporting father, son, brother, and friend who believed in higher education, black culture, old school music and the power of film.

John’s confidence in his place in Hollywood was only matched for his passion for the sea.  John kayaked in Marina Del Rey every morning.  His greatest joy, when not on set, was sailing his boat, J’s Dream, up and down the Pacific Coast. The American writer Willa Cather once said, “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in the storm.”  We who have grown up with John, made movies with him, sailed with John and laughed with John, know the universe of calm and creativity he created for so many.  Now in the wake of his death, we must navigate the storm without him.  It is, for us, heartbreaking.

Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.  His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going

We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpour of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.  We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.

John Daniel Singleton will be survived by his extraordinary mother, Sheila Ward, his father, Danny Singleton and his children Justice, Maasai, Hadar, Cleopatra, Selenesol, Isis, and Seven.

Details about memorial services will be provided at a later date.”

4/29/2019  9:48AM ET

Contrary to various reports on the internet, award winning director John Singleton is still alive, according to TMZ. 

Despite claims made by FOX4 film critic Shawn Edwards early Monday that Singleton has died, Singleton’s publicist confirmed to TMZ that the director has in fact NOT died and remains on life-support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He has been in a medically-induced coma since last week after experiencing a major stroke and continues to be non-responsive. According to reports, the prognosis is not positive.

READ MORE: John Singleton slips into coma after suffering ‘major stroke’

Singleton, 51, director of such classics as Boyz in the Hood and Poetic Justice checked himself into a hospital in mid-April after returning from a trip to Costa Rica and having weakness in his legs. At the time, Singleton’s family released a statement:

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. 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.”

The acclaimed director subsequently slipped into a coma.

READ MORE: Critically acclaimed director John Singleton still alive and remains in coma

Shelia Ward, Singleton’s mother, on Thursday asked a judge to appoint her as a temporary conservator. In the document, she said he is “unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.” In the interim, one of Singleton’s four children is trying to prevent her grandmother from the conservatorship claiming that Ward is trying to take the children’s inheritance away.

As the family continues to squabble about money, Singleton remains in the hospital literally fighting for his life.