Prayers up, Oscar nominee John Singleton reportedly had a stroke. He is allegedly hospitalized.
TMZ reports, “The legendary director and screenwriter is in the hospital … we’ve learned he checked himself in earlier this week after experiencing weakness in his leg. A family member tells TMZ, John had flown back from Costa Rica and the plane flight may have triggered the medical emergency. We’re told doctors are performing tests and also doing rehab. The stroke was described to us as ‘mild.'”
“Think Like a Man” director Tim Story wrote on Instagram, “Praying for my LA bro!!!”
Rapper Snoop Dogg also wrote, “Pray 4 my brother.”
Singleton is known for films like 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood,” which earned him Oscar nomination for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. He was the youngest filmmaker to be nominated in those categories. He was also the first African-American to be nominated for Best Director.
The 51-year-old has also directed episodes of “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Empire,” and “Billions.” He is also the winner of two NAACP Image Awards and an MTV Movie Award. The Los Angeles native has four children.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. It’s often described as a brain attack. Brain cells die when they are starved of oxygen.
Approximately 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, making it the fifth leading cause of death for Americans. For African-Americans, however, the risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high compared to whites. Blacks also suffer the highest rate of death due to stroke. A stroke also occurs earlier in life for African-Americans compared to other racial and ethnic groups, according to the National Stroke Association.
We hope John Singleton gets better soon.