Conflicting Reports Emerge on ‘Boyz N the Hood’ Director John Singleton’s Death

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
April 29, 2019 Updated: April 29, 2019

John Singleton, the director best known for “Boyz n the Hood,” reportedly died on April 29. However, a report from TMZ minutes later said that he is alive and on life support but isn’t showing signs of improvement.

A journalist with The Hollywood Reporter also said he’s still “on life support,” characterizing the reports of his death as inaccurate.

Family members told Fox4 that he passed away early on Monday. Last week, the director suffered a stroke and was in a coma.

According to TMZ, Singleton hasn’t “responded to treatment and his condition is dire.”

The report noted that his family is battling over Singleton’s estate. His mother, Shelia Ward, asked a judge to make her temporary conservator to handle his business affairs while a daughter, Cleopatra, is attempting to block Ward. She is claiming that Ward is trying to steal from the estate and block Singleton’s four children.

The 51-year-old was the first black filmmaker to be nominated for an Oscar. He’s also known for directing “Poetic Justice,” “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Higher Learning.” Meanwhile, Singleton also co-created “Snowfall” for the FX Network.

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Director John Singleton speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2018. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DGA)

“Showing love/support for a fellow black director from LA,” director Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter. “He is a lovely man. Pray with me.”

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Nipsey Hussle

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Luke Perry

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Undated file photo of Luke Perry. (Newsmakers)

Peter Tork

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Albert Finney

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James Ingram

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Bob Einstein

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Bob Einstein in Hollywood, Calif., on June 27, 2018. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Daryl Dragon

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Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.