John Singleton still on life-support, but family will end it today

John Singleton, director of “Boyz n the Hood” and co-creator of FX’s “Snowfall,” is on life support.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

After suffering a major stroke, director John Singleton remains on life-support, his publicist told The Times on Monday morning, but his family followed up shortly afterward with word that they would be taking him off it Monday.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton, will be taken off of life-support today,” the family said in a statement. “This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

The representative for the 51-year-old clarified his condition early Monday after reports of his death surfaced.


“John is still on life-support,” she told The Times. “That reporting is inaccurate.”

The Oscar-nominated director of 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood” was hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a stroke on Wednesday.

“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,” his family said at the time.

Singleton — who also directed “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the 2000 remake of “Shaft” — grew up in South Los Angeles, attended USC and produced the A&E documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.”

He also co-created the FX series “Snowfall,” about the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. Its third season is scheduled to begin later this year.

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