Critically acclaimed director John Singleton is the latest celebrity to be prematurely killed by internet rumours, a week after he suffered a stroke and slipped into a coma.
Boyz n The Hood director and writer John Singleton dies, aged 51 https://t.co/uYMTx4vmTK Heartbroken. Too young. Too soon. Sleep with the angels John
— TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) April 29, 2019
RIP John Singleton. “Boyz n the Hood” and “Baby Boy” are hood classics. pic.twitter.com/qJEs8vykoA
— The Sicilian Shooter (Saifullah) (@vinnie_paz) April 29, 2019
The man behind the cult film Boyz n the Hood is reported to have passed away at the age of 51 on April 29.
However, various American media practitioners have taken to social media to rubbish reports of his death.
I just got an email from John Singleton's publicist about that one report saying he died early Monday morning.
She said: "John is still in life support. That reporting is inaccurate."
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) April 29, 2019
Reports says John Singleton is still on life support. Pray for his family’s peace – don’t put him to rest yet. The tongue is powerful.
— Sonnie ‘BerbereSpice’ Daze • ሽፍታ???????? (@edengirmatsion) April 29, 2019
Reports that director John Singleton has died are inaccurate, his rep tells me. "John is still on life support.”
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) April 29, 2019
Hollywood Life reports that Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17. This news was confirmed by his family members to major global tabloid TMZ shortly after it happened.
The director, producer and writer had already checked himself into the hospital earlier that week due to “weakness in the leg,” and one of the relatives worried that John’s medical emergency was “triggered” by a recent flight back from Costa Rica.
In addition to his 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, Singleton has either directed, produced or wrote memorable films like Poetic Justice (1996), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Hustle & Flow (2005).
He has also worked on productions such as Empire (2015), American Crime Story (2016) and most recently the FX drama Snowfall.