New York, June 28: Joe Jackson, father of music legends Michael and Janet Jackson, passed away on Wednesday after he had been in the hospital for terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 89.
According to a report in the BBC, that quoted a person close to the family confirming Joe Jackson’s death, he died two days after the death anniversary of Michael Jackson.
Taj Jackson, Joe’s grandson, also confirmed his death through the Instagram post saying ”Thank you Grandpa for the amazing strength, determination and pride you showed this family. The Jackson legacy would not exist without you. I lost a grandfather but heaven gained The Hawk”.
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 media reports, some members of the family were unable to gain access to Joe Jackson in his final days.
“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,” The Daily Mail quoted his son Jermaine Jackson as saying.
“We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture.”