Joe Jackson, father and former manager of Michael Jackson, is being treated in a Sao Paulo hospital after suffering a stroke.
Jackson was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday on Sunday (July 23), but instead spent the day in intensive care.
The hospital confirmed to the Associated Press that Jackson is in their intensive care unit and is suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
Jermaine Jackson has since tweeted updates about his father, saying: “Doctors say cardiac arrest followed a mini-stroke. Thankfully, brain scans show it’s ‘not as bad as first feared’.”
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.”
“Thank you for the love & prayers for our father. Following a heart procedure, he remains in hospital where he’s doing ‘extremely well’.”
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Michael Jackson originally wanted to play Jar Jar Binks in Stars Wars.
Actor Ahmed Best recently spoke to Vice about the much-hated role, with the character widely regarded as one of the most annoying characters of film history. In the interview, Best elaborated on comments he made on Reddit last year about Michael Jackson wanting to play Binks.
“That’s what George told me,” he said. “Me, Natalie Portman, and George’s kids – we were at Wembley Arena at Michael Jackson’s concert. We were taken backstage and we met Michael. There was Michael and Lisa Marie [Presley]. George introduced me as ‘Jar Jar’ and I was like, ‘That’s kind of weird’. Michael was like, ‘Oh. OK.’ I thought, ‘What is going on?'”
He continued: “After Michael had driven off, we all go back up to a big afterparty. I’m having a drink with George and I said, ‘Why did you introduce me as Jar Jar?’ He said, ‘Well, Michael wanted to do the part but he wanted to do it in prosthetics and makeup like ‘Thriller’.’ George wanted to do it in CGI. My guess is ultimately Michael Jackson would have been bigger than the movie, and I don’t think he wanted that”.