Joe Jackson, Father Of Pop Icons Michael And Janet, Dead At 89

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Entertainment sites including TMZ said Jackson died with family around him in Los Angeles. revealed last week that the King of Pop's father was on his deathbed and later hospitalized as he battled stage four pancreatic cancer.

Jackson's final years were plagued with ill health - he suffered a series of strokes in 2013 and was hospitalized for another stroke in 2015.

Jermaine told the Daily Mail June 20 that he and his siblings were struggling to get information on their father's condition.

He and Katherine had 10 children; nine survived to have recording careers starting with the Jackson 5, who became instant global pop sensations when they burst on the scene.

Speaking to TMZ, the source added: 'It's now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time'.

Michael Jackson's estate released a statement mourning Joe Jackson's passing: "We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson's passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. #RIP Joe Jackson", La Toya, 62, wrote along with a video of her and her late father having lunch together.

The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson were both inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During the 1960s, Jackson took control of his sons' burgeoning musical efforts and the Jackson 5 was born, later signing to Motown records in 1967.

However, a day later, Paris Jackson (daughter of Michael) denied her grandfather penned the tweet himself. "My parents were a lot more lenient with [me and Randy Jackson, the youngest brother], and I thought they were very strict".

"My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can", Janet said. 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. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right", he said. It's because I find the thing that I never had through them.

"I look at it this way: You've got six boys in Gary, Indiana, and so I can say that he got those six boys out of Gary, Indiana, and the rest of the family out of Gary and now our name is internationally known throughout the world", Marlon said.

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