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Joe Jackson Dead At 89 Following Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Joe Jackson Dead At 89 Following Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family music group and father of pop icon Michael, has died following a cancer diagnosis.

TMZ reports family sources detailed Joe passed at the at 3:30 AM Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family has died.

Despite reports that Jackson's family was prohibited from seeing him, TMZ reported that his loved ones - including his children and his grandchildren - had been going to the hospital to spend time with him before his passing.

Jackson's son Jermaine told the Daily Mail, "He's very, very frail, he doesn't have long".

Joe addressed the claims in Louis Theroux's documentary about Michael Jackson, telling the journalist: "I whipped him with a switch and a belt".

Jackson engineered the careers of The Jackson 5 and then the solo careers of Michael and Janet Jackson.

On 24 June, Joe Jackson appeared to tweet from his personal account: "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

Michael then explained just how afraid he was of the man by stating: 'Like there's been times when he'd come to see me, I'd get sick, I'd start to regurgitate'.

Joe Jackson has died at the age of 89.

Joe Jackson is survived by eight of his 10 children by his wife Katherine, and a daughter, Joh'Vonnie, by Cheryl Terrell. "People wonder why I always have children around". He eventually replaced the neighbors with brothers Michael and Marlon, and the Jackson Five went professional in 1966. "I love you grandpa".

He later tweeted and posted on his website to say he was out of the hospital, back home and feeling fine.

"I don't [regret the beatings]", he told her. "You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world", she wrote on her official Twitter account. Carlos Keyes, representative for Jackson's son, Tito Jackson, confirmed Joe Jackson's death.

The Jackson 5 played several dates at the old MGM Grand, now Bally's, in 1974. "It's hard raising nine kids, bringing them from IN out here.that was his whole thing, to wanting to keep his family together". The band found success with hit songs including "I Want You Back" and "ABC", among others.

With a large family to support, Joe Jackson surrendered his dreams of becoming a boxer and secured a job as a crane operator for US Steel. Though his children accused their controversial father of abuse, he was quoted as saying of Michael's accusations, "I never beat him".

In a 2013 interview with CNN, he said: "I´m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with".


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