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Joseph Jackson is just now out of surgery at Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paolo Brazil. I am told exclusively that he had permanent pace maker surgery this morning after having a temporary pace maker installed last night.

Mr. Jackson was in a perilous situation yesterday after his “heart stopped for 10 seconds” according to my sources. His heart stopped while he was being examined for a burst artery behind his eye. “He’d been feeling fatigued even after the doctors told him that he could wait to have the eye looked at in the US,” says my source.

Plans are unfolding to fly Mr. Jackson home to the US as soon as possible. I’m told that the Michael Jackson estate has offered to help in any way. “They’ve been incredibly cooperative and generous,” says my source.

Luckily, Mr. Jackson is traveling with two business associates. “If he’d been alone, he wouldn’t have made it.”

More to come…

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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