Joe Jackson hospitalized in Brazil after suffering stroke

Joe Jackson, the father of legendary singers Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson, is being treated in the critical care unit of a São Paulo hospital after suffering a stroke on Sunday afternoon, which marked his 87th birthday.

"The patient is in the Critical Care Unit (ICU) after [being] diagnosed as victim from a ischemic cerebrovascular accident (stroke) associated with cardiac arrhythmia," Albert Einstein Hospital said in a statement. It said Jackson was admitted to the hospital on Sunday afternoon at 1:55 p.m. local time.

Mirtes Bogéa, a spokeswoman for the hospital, declined to clarify whether Jackson was in a critical condition. "The patient is in ICU and the only information we can provide is that," she said.

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