John Singleton Is Still Alive, Despite 'Inaccurate' Reports

John Singleton is Still Alive, Despite 'Inaccurate' Reports
Producer/director John Singleton attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. Reps for Singleton confirmed the director is still alive, but on life support following a stroke. Leon Bennett/Getty Images

Director John Singleton died on Monday following his family's announcement to remove him from life support. At the time of this initial report, Singleton was still in a coma on life support despite earlier reports claiming he had already died.

Singleton was at a Los Angeles hospital for more than a week after suffering a stroke. The director's spokesperson Shannon Barr confirmed in a statement to Newsweek that Singleton was still alive and on life support, noting earlier death reports were "inaccurate."

Fox Los Angeles affiliate FOX4 reported Singleton had died on Monday morning after falling into a coma days earlier.

The Oscar and Emmy-nominated director suffered a stroke on April 17. Singleton was reportedly returning to Los Angeles from Costa Rica when he first complained about suffering weakness in his leg. He was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke shortly after. "John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care," Singleton's reps said in a statement to Newsweek on April 20.

"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," the statement continued.

Singleton's health continued to worsen. The 51-year-old fell into a coma eight days after the stroke and has since been placed on life support.

Singleton's mother Sheila Ward recently filed a motion to become the filmmaker's temporary conservator, which will allow her to make all medical and financial decisions regarding Singleton and his estate while he is under hospital care, the Associated Press reported.

The father of four made his first big splash on the Hollywood scene with is highly acclaimed film, Boyz n the Hood, starring Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Morris Chestnut. The movie went on to land Singleton his first Oscar nominations in 1992 for Best Director and Best Screenplay—making him the youngest filmmaker in history to score a nom in those categories. He was 23 years old at the time.

The director went on to create several more praised titles throughout his nearly 30-year career including films Poetic Justice, Baby Boy, Four Brothers as well as hit TV series like The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and Billions.

Singleton's FX series Snowfall was in production for Season 3 at the time of his stroke. It is unclear if filming has ceased for the time being.

Updated Tuesday, April 30 at 10:25 a.m. ET: This story has been updated to reflect the legendary director died after this story was published.