John Singleton passed away on Monday, April 29 after complications of a stroke. He family decided to take the 51-year-old off life support. However, before the legendary actor passed away the family was already feuding over his money. Now it has been reported he had a will. decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
TMZ reports the Oscar nominee had a will and his mother Sheila Ward, who also handled all of John’s business affairs, “is in possession of the will and it will soon be filed with the probate court.”
One of Singleton’s kids, Cleopatra, reportedly accused his mother of trying to block the children from the estate. TMZ also says if he “had died without a will, Sheila would get nothing from his reported $35 million estate, because under California law the assets would be divided equally among his 7 children. But, since there’s a will, John decides who gets what, and who gets nothing. Given the business relationship between John and Sheila, it’s a safe bet she’s the executor of the will, which surely would not please Cleopatra.
Last week, Cleopatra filed a motion to block her grandmother’s proposed conservatorship, and claimed Shelia was trying to liquidate all of John’s assets and freeze out his 4 children.
John Singleton’s estate is approximately worth over $35 million.
Singleton was reportedly experiencing weakness in his leg after flying back from Costa Rica before he suffered his stroke. The long flight may have triggered the medical emergency.
Singleton is known for films like 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood,” which earned him Academy Award nominations 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.
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.
Rest in power, John Singleton.