After having experienced pain in his legs during a run in Costa Rica days earlier, and flying home, on April 17, 51-year-old filmmaker John Singleton’s health drastically deteriorated and was placed in an ICU to be monitored closely.
Singleton – who is best known for helming 1991 crime drama ‘Boyz n the Hood’, which earned him his Academy Award nomination – suffered a stroke whilst in hospital and on today, Monday, April 24, his family made the ”agonizing decision” to take him off of life support.
In a statement, his family said: ”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. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”
According to an earlier report by TMZ, Singleton had been in a medically-induced coma and was no longer responding to treatment as of Monday morning.
Doctors said his condition showed no signs of improvement, tragically leaving his family with only one harrowing option.
According to his family, Singleton had a long history of suffering from hypertension, a condition common among African-American men that is caused by high blood pressure placing strain on functions of the heart.
‘More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.’