Joe Jackson, patriarch of the singing Jackson family, was reported on Friday to be hospitalized with a serious, possibly terminal illness.
Though the TMZ report further alleges that several of Jackson's children and grandchildren have also made recent visits to see him at the hospital, a separate report-this one from the Daily Mail-claimed that "senior family members" had been blocked from such visits by Jackson's "handlers".
"He's very, very frail, he doesn't have long", he continued. My mother was anxious sick.
Katherine and Joe's daughter Rebbie Jackson reportedly last visited the patriarch at his home in Las Vegas last week. The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days.
Michael is said to have taken revenge by cutting his father out of his will and stipulating that his mother, Katherine, and not his father should get custody of his three children.
FILE PHOTO: Joe Jackson, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, leaves the courthouse during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the death of his son in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 28, 2011.
The Jackson family pictured circa 1971. "The Jacksons are now in dialogue with the people looking after Joe, and they are being kept informed".
Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine after suffering cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
"He's a proud man who is all about image - was he saying he doesn't want anyone to see him like that, or was he saying he doesn't want family near him?" they said.
But it seems that Joe himself is the one giving these restrictive instructions to prevent family members from seeing him and his medical records, meaning his immediate family are unaware what state his health is in. "They are acting in his interests and no one else's".
'It's delicate. and not as black and white as people are making out.