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Joe Jackson, father to Michael, patriarch of music family, has died

28 June 2018

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the iconic Jackson family, has died at the age of 89.

Entertainment sites TMZ and ET said Jackson died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Jackson had been ailing for months, but took a turn for the worse in the past two weeks according to sources close to the family. His wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside as were some of Joe's children and grandchildren.

Joe Jackson's public image further eroded after the death of Michael, who suffered from intense anxiety and depression, when his father seized the media spotlight to promote his own record label project.

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

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He was also estranged from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other children, including another singing superstar, Janet.

Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with his father, Joe, left, in Santa Maria, Calif., March 15, 2005, following a day of testimony in Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation.

A tweet from Joe Jackson's official Twitter account caused more speculation about his health. "It's now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time".

The Jackson family is doing their best to cope with the death of their patriarch, Joe Jackson.

'I love my father but I don't know him, ' responded Michael. With the addition of Marlon and Michael, The Jackson 5 was born in 1966. "We always rehearsed. He's still a mystery man to me and he may always be one". Though he didn't manage the act in that booking, the elder Jackson was seen hanging with his sons backstage.

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Jermaine Jackson has been updating his followers about his father's ailing health in recent weeks.

The Jackson 5 at Buttes Chaumont Studios, Paris, in 1977.

"I don't [regret the beatings]", he told her. After the birth of their first child, daughter Rebbie, in 1950, Jackson left boxing and became a full-time crane operator for US Steel to support his family.

By the time they were adults, most of the Jackson siblings had dismissed him as their manager; Michael and Joseph's relationship was famously fractured. In a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael said his father had beaten him. "I'm glad I was tough because look what I came out with", he told CNN in 2013.

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

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Joe Jackson, father to Michael, patriarch of music family, has died