Joe Jackson, the father of music legends Michael and Janet Jackson, passed away on Wednesday after being hospitalized for terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 89. According to a report in the BBC, he died two days after the death anniversary of Michael Jackson. Taj Jackson, Joe’s grandson, also confirmed his death in a tweet.
Joe Jackson is survived by Katherine, 88, and nine of his 11 children. Five sons – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael – became the Jackson 5, joined at times by younger brother Randy, who also pursued a solo career. Three daughters – LaToya, Rebbie, and, most famously, Janet – all fashioned their own pop careers under Jackson’s management, with varying levels of recognition,” the report said.
According to other media reports, some members of the family were unable to gain access to Joe Jackson in his final days. Jermaine Jackson said to the Daily Mail, “No one knew what was going on — we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture.”