Pop star Janet Jackson flew to Sao Paulo, Brazil to be with her ailing father two days after Joe Jackson suffered a heart scare while in the South American country to celebrate his 87th birthday. The Jackson family patriarch was "up and laughing" after getting a pacemaker to regulate his irregular heartbeat, a source close to Jackson told Lead Stories.
Jackson, who has suffered at least two strokes in the past, was given a pacemaker in a procedure at Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, the source said. His heart stopped beating momentarily Sunday morning, but was restarted, the source said.
Janet Jackson, the youngest of the Jackson siblings, interrupted rehearsals for her upcoming "No Sleeep" tour to check on her father in Brazil.
The elderly Jackson took several of his grandchildren with him to Brazil for the celebration, but he was unable to attend the festivities after falling ill.
He posted messages on Twitter just before illness struck
"It is what it is, it ain't what it ain't and it ain't what it could be". ... 87 Y.O. pic.twitter.com/dTnES1pHwK-- Joseph Jackson (@Joe5Jackson) July 26, 2015
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