Joe Jackson the patriarch of the Jackson family has died at the age of 89.
Joe passed away at 3:30am on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Joe was hospitalized in June with terminal cancer. His family has been frequently visiting him in the hospital. His wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside as were some of Joe’s children and grandchildren.
Joe had been battling health problems for a while. He was hospitalized back in 2016 after having a high fever. But he recovered not long after and was seen partying in Las Vegas shortly after. He also suffered a stroke and 3 heart attacks back in 2015, so he received a pacemaker.
Joe may have been the most successful parent managing his children in the history of music. He, with a little help from Diana Ross, engineered the careers of The Jackson 5, and then Michael and Janet Jackson as solo artists.
Joe Jackson was accused of abusing his children from Michael and his siblings, including physical brutality. Joe admitted to it but didn’t apologize and said his methods made his children successful and kept them out of jail.
Michael’s dad stood by him during his molestation trial. After Michael’s death, Joe was criticized for trying to make money off his son’s memory.
Joe had 10 kids with Katherine, his wife of more than 60 years and a daughter from an extramarital affair. KAtherine filed for divorce twice but eventually rescinded the filings.
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