Father of Michael Jackson Suffers Mild Stroke

Joe Jackson, father of King of Pop Michael Jackson, suffered a mild stroke and was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital late Wednesday night. FilmMagic

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.

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She says he called a friend who drove him to the hospital.

Jackson's wife, Katherine, is 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.

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Howansky says Jackson has had small strokes at least twice before this.

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