'Not a Scratch': Joe Jackson 'Safe and Healthy' After Minor Car Crash in Las Vegas
Joe Jackson — the famed music manager and father of 11 — is "safe and healthy" after being hospitalized following a car accident in Las Vegas
The 88-year-old Jackson family patriarch was a passenger in a vehicle driving near the Strip when another driver “attempted to make a left-hand turn to enter a private driveway, failed to yield the right of way and collided” with Jackson’s vehicle, the Los Vegas Metropolitan Police tell PEOPLE in a statement. Jackson “was transported to University Medical Center for observation due to a complaint of injury. The at-fault driver was cited for failure to yield right of way.”
“He has been discharged now,” a family source tells PEOPLE. “He is okay. Just a little shaken up.”
On Friday, his team tweeted about the news, explaining that he was feeling well. “Mr. Jackson was in a minor car accident, but nothing happened to him,” he wrote. “Not a scratch and he is safe and healthy. #teamJackson”
Jackson later added on his website: “Earlier today while in the car with my assistant we got involved in an accident as they drove in front of us. I got out of it without a scratch. My assistant, however, had to be taken to the emergency because the airbag in the car broke his thumb. We are leaving and going back out to enjoy our lunch at home. All is well. Thank God.”
This isn’t the first time the Jackson family patriarch has found himself hospitalized. In recent years he has as battled several health setbacks — including a stay in May 2016.
In July 2015, 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.
Jackson also suffered a mild stroke in November 2012.
TMZ was first to report the news.
- With reporting by MIA McNIECE