Jermaine Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson and his 10 siblings, has been admitted to the hospital with terminal cancer that cannot be treated, according to TMZ.
The 89-year-old mastermind behind The Jackson 5 has been battling many illnesses in the past few years, and recently it was reported he was suffering from an "undisclosed illness." After getting admitted to the hospital, it was revealed that it was a form of terminal cancer, though the exact type has not been revealed.
Jackson's family has been flocking to the hospital to see him, but there's just one problem: it took days before they were allowed to see him. According to son Jermaine, Joe's handlers barred family members from seeing the ailing producer.
“No one knew what was going on — we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this," Jermaine confirmed to the Daily Mail. "We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”
After pleading with Charles Coupet, Joe's manager, the family was finally allowed in to see him. It seems as though Joe had given verbal instructions to prevent visitors and family seeing him, or gaining access to his medical records.
“He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long," Jermaine continued. "The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days. It’s what any family would want, but some people around him think they know better … and they don’t.”
There's no word on how much longer Joe has, but Jermaine seems adamant that it's just days before his father passes. TMZ reports that Katherine Jackson, Joe's wife, is now by his bedside, and that some of his grandchildren have also made the trip to see him.
Joe and his most famous son, Michael, reportedly had a strained relationship before Michael's death. Joe was apparently very strict with the King of Pop, and it got so bad that Michael allegedly left his father out of his will. Michael also made it clear that after his death, he wanted his mother to gain sole custody of his three children, not his father.