John Singleton is currently in a coma after suffering a “major stroke,” his mother has written in an application for temporary conservatorship.
Sheila Ward applied to be the 51-year-old Snowfall co-creator’s temporary conservator, a judge-appointed individual who looks over a person’s health and finances when they cannot do it themselves, in an application to California’s Superior Court on Thursday. The document details some previously undisclosed circumstances of Singleton’s stroke, such as that the medical incident on April 17 was “major” and left him hospitalized in a coma.
Ward also disclosed that the director “was engaged in several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement on or about April 30, 2019” at the time of the stroke. Ward added that a conservator must be appointed immediately to manage his business and prevent “substantial financial loss” should the settlement agreement not be signed.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Singleton’s representatives and FX for comment.
Over the weekend, Singleton’s family disclosed that the director has suffered a stroke in the hospital and was “in the ICU and under great medical care.” The announcement was met with a wave of support for Singleton on social media, producing messages from Snoop Dogg, Guillermo del Toro and Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman, among others.
Singleton, who broke out with the Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood, which earned him mentions for both director and screenplay, has also helmed Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” and episodes of Empire, Billions, 30 for 30 and American Crime Story. FX has renewed Snowfall for a third season, which was filming earlier this month.
“We are sad to learn the news of John’s condition, but we know he’s a fighter. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at FX and his Snowfall family are with him and we are hopeful for a complete and speedy recovery,” FX Networks said in a statement to THR over the weekend.
As of Monday morning, Singleton remained on life support, his rep, Shannon Barr told THR.
Staff writer Ryan Parker contributed to this report.
April 29, 7:15 a.m.: Updated with information from rep Shannon Barr.