Reports of the death of John Singleton ‘inaccurate’: report
Director John Singleton, the “Boyz N The Hood” filmmaker who was hospitalized a week and a half ago after suffering a stroke, is still fighting for his life despite reports that he died, according to Newsweek.
In a report Monday morning (April 29), the magazine quoted Singleton spokeswoman Shannon Barr as saying earlier death reports were "inaccurate." Singleton is, however, in a coma and on life support in a Los Angeles hospital.
Soon after publication of the Newsweek story, Kansas City TV station Fox4, which was the first to report Singleton’s death based on what it said was confirmation from the filmmaker’s family, replaced its apparently erroneous post with one saying he is in a medically induced coma.
The 51-year-old filmmaker suffered a stroke April 17 after first complaining of weakness in his leg while on a flight to Los Angeles from Costa Rica, according to reports. Eight days later, he fell into a coma.
“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care,” Singleton’s reps said in a statement to Newsweek on April 20. “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."