Famed Director & Screenwriter John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering A Stroke

John Singleton, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee

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Singleton had checked into a hospital after experiencing leg pain, sources told Variety.

"On Wednesday, April 17, our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital". John is now in the ICU and under great medical care.

TMZ reports that the stroke was "mild" and that doctors are now performing tests.

He has been hospitalized, and his family, in a statement, said he is receiving "great medical care".

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"Singleton's family issued a statement that said in part that they "... appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends, and colleagues".

Movie director Guillermo del Toro, a two-time Academy Award victor, wrote on Twitter, "Get well, John Singleton!".

Celebrities responded on social media by posting messages of support for the two-time Oscar nominee.

Actress Nia Long, who featured in his classic film Boyz n the Hood, also shared a picture of Singleton on Twitter and wrote, "Praying hard this morning for my friend @johnsingleton PULL THROUGH BABY (sic)".

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Rapper Snoop Dogg posted an image of himself and Singleton on Instagram saying, "Pray 6 my brother".

Author Neil deGrasse Tyson and actor Omar Epps have been among those tweeting wishes Saturday for a quick recovery.

Singleton was nominated for best director and best screenplay for "Boys n the Hood", which was released in 1991. He's still the youngest filmmaker to get nominations in the two categories.

His other credits include the films Shaft, 2Fast 2Furious and Four Brothers and the television series The People v OJ Simpson - American Crime Story, Empire and Billions.

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