Saturday, October 2, 2004

Jacksons' dad recovering from ulcer surgery

Joe Jackson, father of singers Michael and Janet Jackson, is recovering from surgery for bleeding ulcers, a family lawyer said Wednesday.

Jackson, 75, was released from the hospital on Saturday. Michael and Janet Jackson had visited him, said lawyer Brian Oxman.

He is doing well and has been talking and joking, Oxman said.

"He was in wonderful spirits," said Oxman. "He is up and about, walking around, being his usual jovial personality."

Oxman said Jackson had been admitted to a San Fernando Valley hospital near his Encino home on Sept. 22.

"He wasn't feeling well and his stomach was bothering him terribly," Oxman said. "He had two bleeding ulcers and both of them were surgically corrected."

It was unclear what caused the ulcers, but it didn't appear to be a chronic or long-term problem, the lawyer said.

Michael Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child molestation and conspiracy charges. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 31.

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