Joe Jackson breaks his silence with cryptic message about sunsets as he battles stage four pancreatic cancer
Joe Jackson has broken his social media silence after it was revealed he's been hospitalized with stage four pancreatic cancer.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the patriarch of the prestigious Jackson family, 88, shared a cryptic message about sunsets, which seemingly hinted at recent reports on his health.
The talent manager shared the quote alongside a scenic snap of his silhouette looking into the horizon.
Speaking out: Joe Jackson has broken his social media silence after it was revealed he's been hospitalized with stage four pancreatic cancer
The social media message read: 'I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see.'
He added: 'The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.'
His comments come after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Joe has been at the center of a bizarre row over access to him by family members.
Health: Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the 88-year-old patriarch of the prestigious Jackson family (including the Jackson five, pictured in 1976) shared a cryptic message about sunsets
Touching: The talent manager shared the quote alongside a scenic snap of his silhouette looking into the horizon
As his famous family clambered to be by the bedside of the sickly father-of-eleven, Joe's handlers allegedly barred senior family members from visiting him, including his wife Katherine and daughter Rebbie.
For four days, his sons and daughters were locked in heated discussions, unsure what was going on and pleading to see him.
DailyMail.com has now learned that following an emergency Jackson family meeting and desperate pleas to Joe's manager, Charles Coupet, family members were finally granted access to the octogenarian on Tuesday night.
Coupet has not responded to DailyMail.com's requests for comment.
Drama: Joe's comments come after DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Joe has been at the center of a bizarre row over access to him by family members.Joe Jackson (pictured with daughters Joh'Vonnie and Rebbie)
But DailyMail.com has learned that Joe himself had given verbal instructions making clear he didn't want visitors or family members to see him or his medical records
It's understood Katherine, daughters Rebbie and Joh'Vonnie and granddaughter Yashi Brown, did visit with the patriarch in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday.
The visit came following a tense stand off during which the Jackson family struggled to gain medical information about, and access to, Joe.
Joe's son Jermaine confirmed the odd situation when approached by DailyMail.com.
'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,' he said. '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.'
Jermaine, 63, added 'He's very very frail, he doesn't have long. 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.'
Crisis: The Arkansas native's handlers allegedly barred senior family members from visiting him, including wife Katherine (pictured) and daughter Rebbie
The Arkansas native, who guided his children to unprecedented showbiz success as The Jackson 5, is understood to also suffer from a form of dementia and has suffered several strokes in recent years.
A source close to Joe's daughter, superstar singer Janet, 52, confirmed that she too had been denied access to see her father in recent days.
In addition, Joe's 43-year-old daughter Joh'Vonnie Jackson had also been barred from seeing her dad despite being very close to him and living nearby in Vegas, the source claims.
Candid: Joe's son Jermaine, 63, revealed: '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'
It's understood Katherine and daughter Rebbie had last visited Joe at his Vegas home last week after learning his health had deteriorated.
But after the brief visit the women spent a night in a nearby hotel before returning to discover Joe had been moved from his home.
DailyMail.com has learned that Joe himself had given verbal instructions - which exist on a phone recording - making clear he didn't want visitors or anyone from the family to see him or his medical records.
Part of the recording was overheard by some family members.
Weird: A source close to Joe's daughter, superstar singer Janet, 52, confirmed that she too had been denied access to see her father in recent days
How that recording was obtained is not clear, but one source close to the camp said: 'The people around Joe Jackson are the people who have been there for him in his everyday life.
'They are acting in his interests and no one else's.
'The Jackson family doesn't have the capacity to deal with this on its own, so certain people are taking charge of the situation.
'It's delicate... and not as black and white as people are making out.
Talented: Joe Jackson, pictured in 1982, is credited with launching the singing careers of many of his children, including Michael, Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Randy (pictured 1982)
'The Jacksons are now in dialogue with the people looking after Joe, and they are being kept informed.'
One family member said: 'If it's true there was verbal instructions from Joseph, we'd like to know how that instruction was obtained.
'He's a proud man who is all about image - was he saying he doesn't want anyone to see him like that, or was he saying he doesn't want family near him?
'Something is not right about this, and the family wants to have guarantees that they will continue to have access. I can't believe we're even having to say that.'
WHAT IS PANCREATIC CANCER?
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of the disease.
Around 95 percent of people who contract it die from it.
Steve Jobs, Joan Crawford, Patrick Swayze, and Luciano Pavarotti all died of pancreatic cancer.
It is the fourth-leading killer in the United States.
Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the UK, and 50,000 in the US.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
It is caused by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the pancreas - a large gland in the digestive system.
WHO HAS THE HIGHEST RISK?
Most cases (90 percent) are in people over the age of 55.
Around half of all new cases occur in people aged 75 or older.
One in 10 cases are attributed to genetics.
Other causes include age, smoking and other health conditions, including diabetes.
WHY IS IT SO LETHAL?
There is no screening method for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer typically does not show symptoms in the early stages, when it would be more manageable.
Sufferers tend to start developing the tell-tale signs - jaundice and abdominal pain - around stage 3 or 4, when it has likely already spread to other organs.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
The only effective treatment is removal of the pancreas.
This proves largely ineffective for those whose cancer has spread to other organs.
In those cases, palliative care is advised to ease their pain at the end of their life.
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