Patriarch of Jackson Family Passes Away at Age 89


Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, passed away Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, California.

The 89-year-old man’s health began to deteriorate due to terminal cancer. Joe had reportedly been sick for a while, but his health suddenly took a turn for the worse in mid-June.

His family was not notified right away and in fact, was not allowed to see him for four days. They were also denied access to his medical records.

Desperate, the family finally convinced Joe’s manager to let them be with their father in the hospital. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Jermaine Jackson shed light on the drama surrounding his father’s last days.

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“We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick,” he said. “He’s very very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside – that’s our only intention in his final days.”

Fortunately, they were able to do just that. Randy, Janet, La Toya, and Jermaine were all able to sit by his side and spend the last few days with their father as well as other family members.

The Jackson patriarch was most known for managing the Jackson 5 band, but according to the late “King of Pop,” he was very strict and harsh with the young singers.

Michael shared that if his father became angry, he would lash out at his children. “If you messed up you got hit, sometimes with a switch, sometimes with a belt,” Michael shared in a 1988 autobiography.

“We had a turbulent relationship,” he further explained. “Most of the time we just rehearsed. We always rehearsed … He’s still a mystery man to me and he may always be one.”

The relationship between Michael and his father was so strained that he cut his father out of his will and gave guardianship of his children to his mother, Katherine.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family as they grieve.

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