Joe Jackson, the iron-willed father/manager of the late Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, is hospitalized in Las Vegas with terminal cancer, according to media reports.
Variety and TMZ, citing unnamed sources, reported Jackson, 89, is dying and that some members of his family — he’s the father of 10 surviving children — have visited him at the hospital, including wife Katherine, 88, two daughters and one grandchild.
USA TODAY reached out to Jackson’s personal assistant, Charles Coupet, and to various lawyers and publicists who have represented members of the Jackson family over the years.
Only publicist Ken Sunshine, who represents superstar daughter Janet Jackson, 52, responded, saying she declined to comment.
Meanwhile, Britain’s The Daily Mail reported that Jackson has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The paper said Jackson’s son Jermaine Jackson, 63, confirmed that his father was dying but complained that his wife and children were barred from seeing him until they pleaded with Coupet and were granted access Tuesday night.
“He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long,” Jermaine told the Mail. “The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days…We shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting…My mother was worried sick.”
Jackson, who was injured in a car accident in Las Vegas a year ago, has suffered various medical problems in recent years, including dementia, strokes, and a heart attack.
Jackson, who has lived in Las Vegas for years, is the father of nine surviving children with wife Katherine, whom he married in 1949.
Their most famous son, Michael Jackson, lead singer as a boy of 11 of the Jackson 5, died in 2009 of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 50, years after he broke free of his father’s overbearing management and blossomed as the “King of Pop.”
Welp no matter what the truth is we over at Shadylipz are praying for Joe Jackson and his family…