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Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in intensive care

Oscar-nominated director John Singleton is in intensive care after suffering a stroke.

The 51-year-old, known for movies including Boyz N The Hood , Shaft and 2 Fast 2 Furious, became unwell on Wednesday, his family said.

The filmmaker is “under great medical care”, they said.

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital,” the family statement said.

“John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Director John Singleton attends the 'Spotlight On Screenwriting: Boyz n the Hood 25th Anniversary Screening With John Singleton And Walter Mosley' presented by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences at SVA on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Image: Boyz N The Hood earned him an Oscar nomination for best director

“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.”

Singleton has also directed episodes of Billions and The People v OJ Simpson.

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Following news of the stroke, friends and colleagues sent their best wishes.

Rapper Snoop Dogg shared a picture of the pair together on Instagram, writing: “Pray 4 my brother.”

Brian Koppelman, the co-creator of Billions, said working with him had been a “career highlight”.

Chicago Fire co-creator Derek Haas said: “John Singleton is a wonderful human. Get well!”

onstage at the 32nd annual Television Critics Association Awards during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
Image: Singleton has also directed episodes of Billions and The People v OJ Simpson

Actress Nia Long wrote: “Praying hard this morning for my friend @johnsingleton PULL THROUGH BABY.”

LA-born Singleton’s films often deal with themes of inner-city violence.

His 1991 film Boyz N The Hood earned him an Academy Award nomination for best director, making him the first African American nominee and the youngest ever.

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