Joe Jackson has paid tribute to his singer daughter Janet for her support during his health battle last year (13).

The Jackson family patriarch penned an open letter as part of a series on his website blog, in which he reflects on each member of his family.

He reveals the Nasty hitmaker was one of only two relatives to visit him in hospital after he suffered a series of strokes last year, writing, "When I suffered 4 strokes last year, and was in the hospital recovering, only two people in my family traveled all the way to see in the hospital. My granddaughter Brandi... and my baby girl Janet. She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me."

Jackson also opened up about his daughter's childhood, adding, "She was real rough... She was a tomboy. She could whop (sic) all the girls. Really rough and really really smart."