Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton in ICU after stroke

20 April 2019, 21:24 | Updated: 21 April 2019, 03:30

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.

"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.

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!"

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.