Janet Jackson At Dad Joe Jackson's Brazil Bedside

  • by: Alan Duke
Janet Jackson At Dad Joe Jackson's Brazil Bedside

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.

Also see: Janet Jackson Releases Hot Video - 'No Sleeep' Featuring J Cole

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

Also see: Michael Jackson Gone 6 Years: Exclusive Photos Of Fans, Family & Flowers

Lead Stories' Trendolizer constantly scours social networks around the world -- including Brazil -- for the latest news on Joe Jackson. Scroll down to see the latest.


  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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