Joe Jackson, the father of late pop star Michael Jackson and the man who created the Jackson 5 music family with an iron will is dead, his family has confirmed that he died at the age of 89.
Entertainment websites ET and TMZ said Joe Jackson died on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles after battling with cancer.
Members of the family has confirmed the news on social media, Joe Jackson’s grandson, Randy Jackson Jr tweeted, “RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa.”
Fellow grandson Taj Jackson asked on Twitter for space to grieve, saying his grandfather was “loved by our ENTIRE family” and criticizing media portrayals of the patriarch.
Family members representing the Jackson family did not immediately respond to details on his death, but Joe himself on his impending death in a tweet two days ago.
“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes,”
A strict disciplinarian father who gave birth to 11 children, the steelworker in Gary, Indiana turned into one of the most successful managers of all time as he created the Jackson 5 family from his own family.
Joe Jackson’s most famous son, the late king of pop Michael Jackson would later break down in tears even as a man while recalling how his father used to beat him up with belt and, while publicly forgiving him, wrote him out of his will.