Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the controversial patriarch of the Jackson family and infamous manager of the Jackson 5, has suffered a stroke, according to several reports and confirmed by FOX411’s Pop Tarts celebrity column.
Someone close to the family confirmed the news to the news outlet.
“He’s in ‘serious’ condition. Joe has been struggling with his health a lot over the past three or four months,” said the source. “The good thing is that he was taken immediately to the hospital as he was with a couple of people at the time.”
Jackson’s condition is the subject of conflicting reports. CNN says that Jackson is being treated at a Las Vegas hospital after suffering a “mild” stroke, “is in very good spirits,” and expects to be sent home Friday. Like the Fox report, CNN‘s source asked not to be named. Calls to the family reps by E! were not immediately returned.
Jackson has suffered two other “mild” strokes over the past five years. He is 83-years-old. Despite his age, he remains active in developing and promoting several businesses and products.
He is still married to Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson, though they live separately. He has a home in Las Vegas, where he is presumably being treated, and his wife lives in Calabasas, California, with Michael Jackson’s three children.
UPDATE: According to former attorney and family friend Brian Oxman, Jackson is recovering just fine. “He was doing well and says he’s feeling OK,” Oxman said. “He was talking fine,” Oxman added. “He sounded excellent to me.”