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Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton is in a coma after massive stroke

John Singleton arrives at the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Feb. 3, 2018. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP)

51 year old Director John Singleton is in a coma after he recently suffered a stroke.

Singleton’s mother, Shelia Ward, filed an application to establish a temporary conservatorship for his estate on Thursday.

In court documents, obtained by PEOPLE, Ward wrote Singleton suffered a “major stroke” on April 17. “He is currently hospitalized in a coma and is unable to provide for his personal needs,” Ward said. She also said, Singleton was involved in “several business projects and was prepared to sign a lucrative settlement agreement” at the end of the month, according to the documents.

The conservatorship would be established to prevent a “substantial financial loss.”

Friends, colleagues and fans including Viola Davis, Mark Wahlberg and Guillermo Del Toro have offered prayers and wished Singleton well since the announcement.

Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination when he was cited for his debut feature, "Boyz N the Hood." The 1991 film about the lives of young men in South Central Los Angeles starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

His other films include 1993's "Poetic Justice," which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, 1997's "Rosewood," and 2003's "2 Fast 2 Furious."

Singleton's recent projects include the FX TV series "Snowfall," a crime drama set in 1980s Los Angeles.

The documents put the value of Singleton's estate at $1.4 million.

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