Joe Jackson, Father to Michael and Janet, Suffers Three Heart Attacks

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Joe Jackson attends the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Nikki Beach on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Joe Jackson — father to Michael and Janetsuffered a stroke in Brazil last night, where he was celebrating his 87th birthday. Now TMZ is also reporting that the elderly star suffered three heart attacks as part of the medical emergency, and that he’s currently undergoing pacemaker surgery.

The 87-year-old was admitted to a Sao Paulo hospital Sunday after signs of a stroke. Joe lost his vision, and a publicist says it was the result of an artery bursting behind his eye, which triggered the stroke. Family sources tell TMZ, once in the hospital he suffered 3 heart attacks. Joe’s publicist tells TMZ, in the hospital Joe’s heart stopped beating for 10 seconds but he was revived. Joe just had a pacemaker inserted and doctors are now waiting to see if it stabilizes him. We’re told Joe’s family wants him flown back to the U.S. for further treatment, but for now it’s too dicey.

More developments as they happen.

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