Joe Jackson, the Jackson Family patriarch, has been taken to the hospital after suffering a mild stroke. The 84-year-old went to a Las Vegas hospital after having trouble standing and walking, though he was lucid enough to call a friend to take him to the hospital. He has had at least two strokes before, but he is expected to be released on Friday. Jackson’s wife, Katherine, is reportedly heading to Las Vegas to be with him. Despite managing many of his children’s careers, he had a strained relationship with them, and Michael Jackson famously claimed that his father had mentally and physically abused him.
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