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Joe Jackson, Father to Michael and Janet, Dies of Cancer at 89

28 June 2018

TMZ reported that Joe died at approximately 3:30 AM on Wednesday morning with his family, friends and wife, Katherine Jackson by his side.

Joe Jackson is survived by his estranged wife, Katherine, and their children Maureen, 68, Jackie, 67, Tito, 64, Jermaine, 63, La Toya, 62, Marlon, 61, Randy, 56, and Janet, 52, People noted. The band, featuring a 7-year-old Michael Jackson had four singles hit the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Michael, who died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose, told interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him. Paris wrote on her Twitter account, "this is a lovely tweet. though it upsets me to see whoever is in charge of this account taking advantage of it.my grandfather did not tweet this. i'm not sure if he's ever used this account". Over the following decades, millions would listen to both group and solo recordings by the Jackson 5 (who later became known as The Jacksons) and Michael would become one of the most popular entertainers in history. "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see", he said.

"I had to be like that way because during those times, it was hard, and you have a lot of gangs there, you know, in the area where we were living", he said.

'I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared.

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When news of his hospitalization first broke, son Jermaine Jackson shared "he's very very frail, he doesn't have long. Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, to worldwide pop superstardom", said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the estate.

The group only went from strength-to-strength.

"Joseph's role as manager dwindled however as Motown CEO Berry Gordy began to take more charge on his act, a role that reverted back to Joseph when he began managing the entire family for performances in Las Vegas", according to Jackson's official site.

The elder Jackson managed daughters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet in the early 1980s until they, like their brothers before, struck out on their own.

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TMZ is reporting Jackson's death as a result of his pancreatic cancer.

Our thoughts are with Jackson's loved ones during this time of mourning. In a 2013 interview with Piers Morgan, Joe talked about physically disciplining his children. "I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world".

"You know, Michael, he was a nice guy". His passing comes two days after the ninth anniversary of Michael's; the world-famous singer died on June 25, 2009. "And they treated everybody right".

Grandson Taj Jackson was forced to post something different about his grandfather's death. "'He would know how to get me out of this, '" Joe Jackson said.

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The children all eventually severed their management ties with their father but Janet paid tribute at the Radio Disney Music Awards in June 2018 by saying her "incredible father" had driven her "to be the best I can".

Joe Jackson, Father to Michael and Janet, Dies of Cancer at 89