Joe Jackson, patriarch of Jackson music family, dies

28 June, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
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According to USA entertainment website TMZ, Jackson passed away early on Wednesday morning after he had been in hospital for terminal pancreatic cancer. Jackson was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, according to The Daily Mail.

The retired talent manager's son Jermaine Jackson revealed last week that his dad "does not have long" left to live after he recently took a turn for the worse. "The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days".

A verified Twitter account for Joe Jackson tweeted this past weekend that he had "seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

Speaking to TMZ, the source added: 'It's now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time'. Jackson's parents separated in 1942, leaving Joe to travel between his father in Oakland, Calif. and his mother in East Chicago, Ind., before settling in the latter.

Jackson was born in 1928 in Fountain Hill, Arkansas and was the eldest of five children.

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Joe was father to Rebbie Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson.

He was sacked as Michael's manager in 1979 and left out of Michael's will when he died in 2009 at age 50. Five years ago he told interviewer Piers Morgan: "I'm glad I was tough, because look what I came out with".

Tito Jackson also applauded his father as "one of the greatest men that ever lived" in a 2011 interview with The Guardian.

Joe Jackson was criticized at times for being a harsh taskmaster.

Joe and Katherine tied the knot in 1949 and had 11 children together, one of whom died soon after birth.

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Joe agreed to it but, far from apologising, he said his methods made his kids successful and kept them out of jail.

"We were nervous rehearsing because he sat in the chair and he had this belt in his hand and if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up", Michael Jackson said about his father in a 2002 interview with United Kingdom journalist Martin Bashir.

When Joe Jackson, 89, passed away on June 27, his family quickly shared their feelings about their beloved father, grandfather, and husband with their fans. Two years later, Michael recorded his hit album "Off the Wall".

Michael Jackson's 20-year-old daughter also thanked her followers for their support.

Joe, his wife Katherine and several of the Jackson siblings denied the claims, though Joe Jackson did admit to whipping his children with a belt as punishment, though such force was, when discussed, always characterised as consistent with the discipline standards of the time. His wife Katherine filed for divorce twice during their marriage but never went through with the separation.

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