July 27, 2015 / 3:21 PM / 2 years ago

Joe Jackson, father of Michael and Janet, suffers a stroke in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson family of musical performers, suffered a stroke in Brazil on Sunday and is being treated in a Sao Paulo hospital.

Jackson, who was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday, was diagnosed with a stroke associated with cardiac arrhythmia, the Albert Einstein hospital said in an e-mailed statement early Monday morning.

Joe was estranged from Michael - who became one of the world's most successful and best-known performers - before his 2009 death. He also strayed apart from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other eight children.

A press representative for the hospital said Jackson continued to undergo treatment on Monday.

A representative for Jackson could not immediately be reached.

Reporting by Asher Levine; Editing by Andrew Hay

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