John Singleton’s Mom Reportedly Named Executor after Estate Battle with Granddaughter

The court ruled in favor of John Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward who is now his estate's administrator. The decision follows a months-long battle with the director's daughter, Cleopatra who accused Ward of abusing her power. 

The months-long battle over who will be in charge of John Singleton’s estate has ended. The court ruled in favor of his mother, Sheila Ward. 

John Singleton at the FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration on Sep. 16, 2017 in Century City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

John Singleton at the FX and Vanity Fair Emmy Celebration on Sep. 16, 2017 in Century City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

THE BATTLE BETWEEN JOHN'S MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

In May, shortly after Singleton suffered a stroke he didn’t recover from, Ward filed a legal motion to gain control of her son’s estate which was contested by his daughter, Cleopatra. She claimed Ward was abusing her power and barring Singleton’s children from staking any claim in his estate.  

Singleton died on April 28 as a result of an acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and hypertension, according to his death certificate. 

STOLEN VALUABLES AND AN OUTDATED WILL

The following month, Ward, who was also her son’s business manager, filed emergency court documents reiterating her request to be the executor of her son’s estate. She claimed Singleton’s personal belongings had been stolen from his home. Valuables in his locked office were allegedly missing and believed to have been distributed to beneficiaries Singleton did not intend to give them to. 

 She also submitted the late director’s will which was drafted back in the 90s when only the eldest of his seven children, Justice, had been born.  She was named as the sole inheritor of his multi-million-dollar estate. 

Singleton left behind seven children including his youngest, one-year-old Seven, who currently lives with his girlfriend, Rayvon Jones.

CLEOPATRA'S COUNTER MOTION AND RESULTING DISAPPOINTMENT

Meanwhile, in her counter-arguments, Cleopatra asked that if there is an immediate need to assign an administrator of the estate, it must be limited to the collection of assets, payment of regular obligations and depositing income. She also requested for a bond to be set in place for current and future assets.

Last week, Cleopatra faced disappointment after the court granted Ward full authority to administer her son’s estate, according to The Blast.  It’s unclear for now how she intends to proceed or is she will file another motion for reconsideration. 

SINGLETON'S DEATH

Singleton died on April 28 as a result of an acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and hypertension, according to his death certificate. He was in a coma for two weeks since April 17 when he first suffered a stroke. His family decided to remove him from life support after doctors resigned to the fact that he was never going to recover or wake up from his coma. 

Singleton left behind seven children including his youngest, one-year-old Seven, who currently lives with his girlfriend, Rayvon Jones. It was reported that Seven appeared in a cameo on the director’s “Snowfall” series’ finale as a tribute to him. 
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