FILE ‚Äì NOVEMBER 29: According to reports Joe Jackson suffered a mild stroke November 29, 2012 and is being treated in a Las Vegas hospital. CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Joe Jackson attends the Diamonds Are Girls Best Friend event during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival held at Nikki Beach on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Updated: January 1, 2013 6:40AM
LAS VEGAS — A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson’s father says the musical family’s patriarch has suffered a mild stroke.
Angel Howansky says Joe Jackson went to a Las Vegas hospital late Wednesday night when he had trouble standing up and walking. She says the 83-year old Jackson was having pains in his head but reports he is feeling fine Thursday and should be released on Friday.
She says he called a friend who drove him to the hospital.
Jackson’s wife, Katherine, was reportedly on her way to Las Vegas to be with him. Jackson has maintained a residence there for many years while his wife lives in Los Angeles, where she cares for the late pop star’s children.
Howansky says Jackson has had small strokes at least twice before this.