The daughter of John Singleton is denying reports the filmmaker is in a coma after suffering a severe stroke last week.
Singleton, 51, was experiencing problems with his legs after returning from Costa Rica. He checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and suffered a stroke on Wednesday, April 17.
Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, has asked a judge to appoint her temporary conservator in court documents obtained by ET Canada. As of right now, Singleton does not have a health care directive or power of attorney for asset management.
The director was preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement on or around April 30. Ward is asking the judge to grant her the power to execute the settlement agreement, as well as handle other business projects he was working on.
According to a court document obtained by Page Six, Singleton’s 19-year-old daughter, Cleopatra Singleton, refutes her grandmother’s claim that her father is in a coma.
“My father is not in a coma,” she writes in the document, adding that although 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.”
In addition, she says that Ward is misrepresenting her father’s condition as she seeks to become his conservator, and accuses her grandmother of mismanaging the director’s affairs while acting as his business manager in the role she’s served since the start of his film career.
“She has abused this position particularly pertaining to the support of his children,” reads the court filing. “Sadly my father’s allowed his mother to stay in that position out of fear and obligation to her.”
Singleton, a beloved filmmaker, sat in the director’s chair for such classics as 1991’s “Boyz N The Hood”, 2000’s “Shaft” and 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious”.
ET Canada will continue to follow this story as it develops.