Sunday, June 16, 2024

Michael Jackson’s Ailing Father, Joseph Jackson, Made 5 Hour Trip to LA Hospital Rather Than Be Treated in Vegas


EXCLUSIVE Is there sympathy for the devil? The patriarch of the Jackson family, Joe Jackson, is still in the hospital but doing okay, I am told.

He did not have a heart attack or stroke this past week. But the father of the many Jacksons including Michael and Janet “was having trouble making sense.” He was also severely dehydrated.

Nearly 88 years old, the elder Jackson demanded to be driven from Las Vegas, where he lives, to suburban Los Angeles, for his medical care. That’s right– five hours in a car, during which time apparently his nurse panicked about his condition.

What’s wrong with him? Besides cantankerousness? Probably a urinary tract infection. “He can’t be alone anymore a  at all,” says an insider.

You may recall that last summer, Joe went to Brazil on a birthday junket and had a heart attack and stroke after taking sexy time pep pills. He wanted to be starting something, but had to stop before he got enough.

Alas, no one is anticipating his imminent death except the supermarket tabloids. In a few days, Jackson will go to Katherine Jackson’s home in Calabasas, California. That’s the plan, as I hear it. But the problem is his nephew, Trent, with whom he does not get along. Nor does anyone else. Trent Jackson is said to the new Public Enemy Number 1 in the family.

Oh yes: despite the elder Jacksons not actually living together, Katherine visits Joe every day he spends in the hospital. Old habits die hard.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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