John Singleton, director of such films as “Boyz N the Hood” and “2 Fast 2 Furious”, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
“On Wednesday, April 17th, our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” Singleton’s family confirmed in a statement released on Saturday.
“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” the statement continues. “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.”
B. Scott was the first to report the news, writing on her blog: “According to our sources, the legendary John Singleton is in the hospital after suffering a stroke. His condition is unknown at this time, but we’re sending prayers his way. We’ll keep you updated with any significant developments.”
According to a subsequent report from TMZ, Singleton “checked himself in earlier this week after experiencing weakness in his leg,” with a family member revealing he had just flown back to the U.S. from Costa Rica, “and the plane flight may have triggered the medical emergency.”
TMZ says the source characterizes the stroke as “mild,” and doctors are currently “performing tests and also doing rehab.”
It didn’t take long for friends and colleagues of the acclaimed director, 51, to send their support via social media, with celebs such as rapper Snoop Dogg, actors Nia Long and Omar Epps and others sending their prayers.