Joe Jackson’s heart stopped on his 87th birthday. Luckily, he was in a hospital in Sao Paulo.
The patriarch of the singing Jackson family was traveling with Las Vegas businessman Rutt Premsrirut on July 26 when he started feeling dizzy. They went to a hospital.
Unable to detect a heartbeat, the doctors inserted a pacemaker, according to Premsrirut.
Jackson and his wife, Katherine, have had a second home in Las Vegas since the 1980s and have lived here off and on since then.
Tentative plans have Jackson flying back to the United States on Monday if doctors give him the green light to travel after suffering three heart attacks.
Premsrirut reached out to family members. Janet Jackson rushed to her father’s side and has arranged for a private jet to fly him back with a doctor, Premsrirut said.
She has been “sleeping at the hospital everyday by his side,” Premsrirut said.
Joe Jackson’s face “lit up,” Premsrirut said, when she arrived in his hospital room.
Premsrirut added that the Jackson family and friends are thankful to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid for helping the family secure emergency visas from the Brazilian Consulate to visit him.
CECIL THE LION
Big-cat headliner Dirk Arthur recalls the range of emotions he experienced.
“Disbelief. Disgust. The horrific nature of it,” he said.
A man who has spent more than 35 years working with big cats couldn’t believe the details coming out of Africa.
Cecil, a beloved male lion, was shot with a bow and arrow and tracked for 40 hours before he killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who paid $60,000 for the trophy animal.
“The thing about lions,” said Arthur, “is they are very social animals because they live in prides. They are very affectionate.”
“The lion is the king of beasts. It’s a beautiful cat.”
His show featuring white tigers and lions opens Aug. 24 at the Westgate hotel-casino.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
New York theater veteran Cathryn Lacy, who attended Western High and UNLV, has been cast in “True Story,” which opens Aug. 9 at Ensemble Studio Theatre in Los Angeles. She has homes in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. …
On this day, Aug. 2, in Las Vegas: Texas gambler Benny Binion, who had moved here in 1946, bought the Eldorado Club and Apache Hotel and turned them into Binion’s Horseshoe in 1951. The Horseshoe later became the home of the World Series of Poker.
Steve Wynn and his wife, Andrea, and one of her sons at Rod Stewart’s show Friday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. … Baseball’s Ken Griffey Jr., with a large group Friday at N9ne Steakhouse in the Palms. … Art and Sue Manteris, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary Wednesday at Giada in the Cromwell. They met in 1989 when she, then Sue Tripathi, arrived in Las Vegas as a TV reporter. One of her first assignments was to interview Manteris on Super Bowl Sunday. He was running the Hilton’s book at the time. She spent most of her Las Vegas TV years as an anchor at KVBC (now KSNV.) He is vice president of Station Casinos’ sports books. … The Bacon Brothers, actor Kevin and Michael, will perform at noon today at St. Rose Dominican Hospital — San Martin Campus at 8280 W. Warm Springs Road for hospital employees and visitors.
THE PUNCH LINE
“NFL training camp began today for many teams. As usual, the New England Patriots camp began with the ceremonial burning of the rule book.” — Seth Meyers
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