Joe Jackson Shares Another Health Update After Hospitalization: 'I'm Doing Much Better'

by Jackie Willis 6:07 AM PDT, May 25, 2016
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Joe Jackson says he's on the mend after being hospitalized earlier this month for a high fever.

"I would like to thank you all for the get well wishes and prayers," Michael Jackson's father posted on his website on Wednesday morning. "I am doing much better and growing stronger by the day. Doctors have ordered rest. Thank you always for having me in your thoughts and prayers."

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The health update comes just a week after Jackson shut down speculation that he had died. "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," he posted. "Please ignore all the stupid false rumors from people who seem to find humor in such topics."

Both messages are accompanied with pics of the 87-year-old patriarch at a beach resort, wearing a hat and sunglasses.

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As of last Thursday, Jackson was still in the hospital and the family had been spotted visiting him, including wife Katherine and granddaughter Paris Jackson, as well as daughter Latoya Jackson.

As ET previously reported, Jackson suffered a stroke on his 87th birthday in July 2015.