UPDATE: John Singleton Is In The ICU

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John Singleton Portrait Session 1991

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After earlier reports that director John Singleton suffered a stroke, his family has released a statement confirming the reports, according to The Wrap. They revealed that Singleton is in the intensive care unit after having a stroke while in the hospital.

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the statement reads. “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.”

Singleton checked himself into a hospital after his leg began to feel weak. It is reported that he had just returned from Costa Rica.

The 51-year-old director is best known for his films Boyz In The Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Shaft, Four Brothers and Baby Boy. He  received an Emmy nomination last year for his work on The People v. O.J Simpson: An American Crime Story.

Outside of directing films, he also teaches at his alma mater, the University of California at their film school.

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