John Singleton Reportedly in a Coma After Suffering Stroke; Celebrities Offer Prayers on Social Media

John Singleton attends the 71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 02, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Due to complications from a stroke on April 17, director, screenwriter and producer John Singleton is reportedly in a coma.

Deadline reports that Singleton’s mother, Sheila Ward, has filed for a conservatorship.

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According to the court documents reportedly filed on Thursday, Singleton is “currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs” or “manage his financial resources.”

As The Root reported when news broke of the filmmaker’s hospitalization, celebrities gathered on social media to express their emotions, reminisce on the experiences they’ve had with the filmmaker and offer love, support and prayers to him and his family.

Once news got out that things appeared to have gotten worse, more celebrities gathered in prayer.

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Morris Chestnut, who starred in Singleton’s best-known film, Boyz n the Hood, took to Instagram with the caption, “Much love in my heart for this prolific man—John Singleton. Praying and staying positive for the best.”

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Chestnut also shared a clip from his recent interview at The D.L. Hughley Show, where he reminisced about the film and talked about fans approaching him to this day to recite the hugely popular and emotional “Rickyyyy!” scene.

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That same supportive energy was at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival as well, as Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan led the audience in prayer for the filmmaker during their post-show at the Of Mics and Men premiere.

Singleton made history in 1992 when, at 24-years-old, he became both the youngest person and first African-American to be nominated for Best Director (Boyz n the Hood) at the Academy Awards.

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