Family members are keeping a close eye on the Jackson patriarch, PEOPLE confirms

By Mia McNiece
Updated December 01, 2020 10:16 PM
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Joe Jackson has been hospitalized, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

“It was very serious, but he is out of danger now,” says a family insider.

The Jackson family patriarch, 87, remains in the hospital and is being closely monitored.

“We still have to keep a close watch on him,” says a family insider.

Son Jermaine Jackson told TMZ, “Listen, my father’s very strong. He’s up there telling jokes, and he’s very strong. He’s doing fine … We’re just making sure to hold on to him as long as we can. That’s what’s most important.”

In recent years, Jackson – who’s set to be a grandfather again now that daughter Janet is expecting – has battled several health setbacks.

Last July, he was rushed to the hospital in Brazil after suffering a stroke and heart arrhythmia while celebrating his birthday and was further treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when he returned to Los Angeles.