UPDATE: A rep tells "Extra" that John Singleton has died, saying he passed "peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends."
Earlier, Singleton's family made the "agonizing" decision to remove him from life support today. In a statement obtained by "Extra", his family said, "We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpouring 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."_
They also opened up on his struggle with hypertension, saying, "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 to Heart.org.”
The statement noted that details about his memorial services "will be provided at a later date."
Famed director John Singleton is reportedly not improving after suffering a stroke earlier this month.
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Singleton’s publicist gave an update on his condition to TMZ, shutting down death reports, saying Singleton is still on life support. Along with being in a medically induced coma, the outlet noted that the 51-year-old is unresponsive and not improving.
Last week, Singleton’s mother Sheila Ward filed court documents to establish a temporary conservatorship since he is “unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter."
Ward noted that he was involved in several projects, and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement deal. She asked a judge to approve her as the conservator so she can handle his business affairs and execute the deal.
Singleton’s daughter Cleopatra is trying to block the conservatorship, claiming Sheila is misrepresenting his condition. In a declaration, Cleopatra said, “My father is not in a coma. [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.”
Cleopatra opposed Sheila as the conservator, claiming her grandmother mismanaged her father’s business affairs in the past. The college sophomore said, “She has abused this position particularly pertaining to the support of his children. Sadly my father’s allowed his mother to stay in that position out of fear and obligation to her.”
Cleopatra suggested her grandfather Danny Singleton or older brother Maasai Singleton as possible conservators.
Amid all the family drama, Singleton’s famous friends are making trips to the hospital to visit him, including Taraji P. Henson and Tyrese Gibson. Taraji wrote on Instagram, “Visited you today. Me and @tyrese prayed so hard over you. You heard my voice and jumped up. I HAVE HOPE AND FAITH BECAUSE I KNOW THAT #GODIS. Keep praying EVERYBODY for our beloved @johnsingleton 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💋💋💋.”
Tyrese responded to Taraji’s post, adding, “Heavy heart, state of shock but there was something powerful about feeling the presence of God that gave us the reassurance that God is going to pull him through this......... The idea that me and taraji prayed hard over john so much history so much genuine love..... We can only hope and keep praying that God brings him back to us!!!!!!!!!”
Last week, Singleton checked into a hospital for weakness in his legs. He suffered a stroke in his hospital room. At the time, his family told People magazine, “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 51-year-old had just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and was prepping for the third season of his executive-produced FX show "Snowfall."
After news broke about his stroke, big names sent their well wishes to him on Instagram. Snoop Dogg wrote, “Pray 4 my brother 🙏🏽👊🏿✨💙. @johnsingleton.”
Singleton was Oscar-nominated for his work on "Boyz n the Hood."