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Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in hospital after suffering stroke

The 51-year-old filmmaker is under "great medical care". His family thanks fans and colleagues for their good wishes.

Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in hospital after suffering stroke

In this Feb. 3, 2018 file photo, John Singleton arrives at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The "Boyz N the Hood" director suffered a stroke last week and remains hospitalized, according to a statement from his family on Saturday, April 20, 2019. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Legendary director John Singleton has been hospitalised after suffering a stroke. The film-maker, known for movies including the seminal Boyz N The Hood, the 2000 remake of Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, fell ill on Wednesday, his family said in a statement released on Saturday (Apr 20).

But the 51 year old is under "great medical care," they said.

The statement in full read as such: “On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. 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."

It was signed by the Singleton family, including his four children.

According to TMZ, the Oscar-nominated director checked himself in earlier this week after experiencing weakness in his leg. reported that Singleton had been in Costa Rica and there is some belief that the flight back to the United States may have triggered the medical emergency.

The news prompted friend and rapper Snoop Dogg to post a photo of himself and Singleton on Instagram.

"Pray 4 my brother," wrote Snoop.

Other celebrities took to social media to voice their support.

"Pull thru brother! The world needs your voice and vision. Prayers up for your family as well," Omar Epps tweeted Saturday morning.

Brian Koppelman, co-creator of Billions, a TV drama Singleton has directed episodes of, said working with him had been a “career highlight”

Singleton’s Hollywood credentials are impressive, to say the least.  His 1991 film Boyz N the Hood – his directorial debut, at the age of just 23 – earned him an Academy Award nomination for best director, making him not just the first African-American nominee but also the youngest ever, an accolade he still holds today.

He also directed the acclaimed show The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and Empire.

Source: CNA/gl