Joe Jackson's '100% Alive': 'Rumors Of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated'

  • by: Alan Duke

Joe Jackson, the 87-year-old patriarch of the legendary Jackson music family, insists he is "100% alive," despite recent tabloid reports that he was gravely ill and surrounded by family at a Los Angeles hospital.

"I am 100% Alive," a tweet posted Thursday morning on Jackson's Twitter account said.

It included a photo of Jackson, the father of Michael and Janet Jackson, sitting on an ocean-side deck and it linked to a story on his personal website that also included a quote. "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Please ignore all the stupid false rumors from people who seem to find humor in such topics."

Jackson suffered a heart scare last July while in Brazil. 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, a source said.

  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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