Joseph Jackson the patriarch behind the legendary Jackson family died today.
According to TMZ, Jackson, 89, passed away at 3:30 am this morning in Los Angeles.
Jackson was hospitalized earlier this month with terminal pancreatic cancer. According to sources, he had been battling the illness for a while but was said to be in his final stages last week when he was admitted.
Jackson’s death was expected as doctors stated that the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver and could not be treated.
Last week, a message was released from Joe Jackson’s Twitter account.
His granddaughter Paris Jackson appreciated the sentiment but took issue with the fact that someone close to her grandfather was exploiting the moment.
She explained, “I was with him there’s no possible way for him to have tweeted it.”
TMZ reported that some of Joe’s children and grandchildren came to visit him in these past few days. Paris confirmed that, tweeting, “blessed to have a family that comes together the way the Jacksons do.”
At a recent Radio Disney Music Awards, Janet Jackson thanked her father for his influence in her life and career. “My father, my incredible father drove me to be the best I can.”
Jackson is credited for starting and managing his children in the music business, though his methods of beatings and management practices were often discussed, particularly by Michael Jackson, and criticized by the public. Jackson never denied the allegations and stated that his tactics made his children stars and kept them out of trouble.
Joe is survived by nine of his 11 children and his wife Katherine. The two had 10 children together (including Brandon Jackson, who died shortly after his birth) and have been married for more than 60 years although they have not lived together for some time and reportedly have a strained relationship, though they frequently interacted with one another.
Jackson also had a daughter Joh’Vonnie Jackson with another woman named Cheryl Terrell, with whom Joe Jackson had a 25-year-affair.
May he rest in peace.