As Joe Jackson is still in intensive care at Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paolo, Brazil, reports are surfacing that Jackson is “on the verge of death.”
As reported in the Inquisitr, Joe Jackson was rushed to the hospital Sunday on his 87th birthday, after having a stroke and suffering temporary blindness. Upon arrival at the hospital, Jackson had three heart attacks, and underwent emergency pacemaker surgery.
Joe Jackson suffers from diabetes, and has had three other strokes in the past, the most recent in 2012.
Daughter Janet Jackson cut her tour prep short to rush to her father’s side in Sao Paolo yesterday, joining her mother, Katherine, the Jackson family matriarch.
Katherine Jackson has told Radar Online that the family believes that Joe Jackson is “on the verge of death.” Although it has been suggested that Joe Jackson is recovering from his maladies, sources say that is greatly exaggerated.
Family friend Sham Ibrahim has told Radar Online that the family is very upset.
“The family is rushing to be by his side right now. The entire family is devastated.”
“Joe Jackson and Katherine, especially Joe, is the glue that holds the family together and he has been for years.”
“Joe is the foundation that has held the family together for decades. The kids are not ready to deal with another heartbreak and I know that Katherine is not ready to handle it. Joe has been her loving partner for her entire life.”
According to Ibrahim, “The one thing that I know for certain is that all of Joe’s children – Michael, LaToya, Janet… all of them – made peace with their dad.”
Joe Jackson, who was estranged from his son Michael Jackson at the time of his death, was a tough disciplinarian who has had relationship issues with many of his other children.
Eye Witness News is reporting that Joe Jackson had a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia, the Albert Einstein hospital said in an e-mailed statement early Monday morning. Joe Jackson also posted a statement on his website Monday.
“To my family, friends, acquaintances and fans all over the world. I want to thank you all for your prayers, unwavering support and kind well wishes during these trying times. Through God’s intervention the wonderful Doctors, Nurses and caretakers at the Albert Einstein Sao Paolo hospital have taken great care of me. God willing, I should be able to make a quick recovery and travel back home soon. Thank you all once again for your prayers and support.”
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