Joe Jackson*The patriarch of the Jackson family, Joe Jackson, has suffered a stroke.

However, according to family friend, Jackson is OK and is resting in a Las Vegas hospital.

“He was doing well and says he’s feeling OK,” close family friend Brian Oxman told Reuters.

Oxman said the father of late pop icon Michael Jackson started experiencing weakness on Wednesday while walking in a park near his home and was later admitted to a hospital.

Oxman, Michael’s one-time attorney, said Jackson, 83, has a history of strokes.

“He was talking fine,” Oxman added. “He sounded excellent to me.”

A former U.S. Steel employee from Gary, Indiana, Joe Jackson managed and helped launched the career of his children with the R&B and soul group The Jackson 5 beginning in the 1960s.

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