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Joe Jackson suffers a stroke in Brazil

Jackson was in Brazil to celebrate his 87th birthday.

Michael and Janet Jackson's father, Joe suffered a stroke in Brazil. Picture: AFP

SAO PAULO - 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.

Jackson is reported to have had another stroke in 2012.

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

A representative for Jackson could not immediately be reached.