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Famed Director John Singleton Dead At 51

(Los Angeles, CA) – Reports have been conflicting since he suffered a massive stroke on April 17th, but now it appears the worst has been confirmed.  Legendary film director John Singleton has died.

Singleton checked himself into Cedars Sinai after returning from a trip to Costa Rica. He was experiencing problems with his legs and wasn’t feeling well.  He had a stroke in his hospital room.

Conflicting reports followed. Some said he was okay.  Others said he was in a coma and even after yesterday’s report that he was on life support and unresponsive, another report surfaced saying he was in a medically induced coma and that he was getting better by the day.  That obviously was not true.

The varying stories can most likely be attributed to the battle of his estate.  Allegedly, the family had been in a dispute over who should be granted conservatorship since he slipped into a coma.

Singleton made history after becoming the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Oscar, at the age of 24, for his film “Boyz In The Hood” He went on to direct projects of all genres including 2 Fast and Furious, Four Brothers and Black Snake Moan. He was also a producer on the highly acclaimed “Hustle and Flow”.

Most recently, his FX serious “Snowfall” was preparing for its third season.

Singleton has four children; Hadar Busia-SingletonCleopatra SingletonJustice Maya SingletonMaasai Mohandas Singleton

Versace Family Denounces “American Crime Story”

(SL) – The family of fashion designer Gianni Versace is blasting the FX network’s upcoming “American Crime Story” installment on his murder. The family calls the episode a work of fiction, based on a book the family didn’t authorize.

maxresdefault (1)The Versace family has released a statement warning fans that they have nothing to do with the new season of American Crime Story. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, follows the death and investigation regarding the legendary fashion company’s founder, Gianni Versace.

Various members of the family will also be portrayed in the show, including the company’s current chief designer and Vice President, Donatella Versace, who is played by Penelope Cruz. Gianni Versace will be played by Edgar Ramirez, while Gianni’s brother, Santo, will be played by Giovanni Cirfiera.

2-gianni-closet-048-re-01-1515431163The family sent out the following statement regarding the show:

“The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace. Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.”

FX responded with a statement yesterday saying it stands by the reporting of author Maureen Orth, whose book “Vulgar Favors” is the basis for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

“Like the original American Crime Story series The People vs. OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated nonfiction best-seller Vulgar Favors, which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

maxresdefault (2)The 9-part series airs January 19th.

Versace was shot to death outside his Miami home in 1997 by Andrew Cunanan. Cunanan killed himself eight days afterwards. Cunanan was later found to have killed at least four other people that year.