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Joe Jackson is dead aged 89

Joe Jackson is dead aged 89

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of musicians, has passed away, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

Joe Jackson, patriarch and taskmaster of the Jackson family, has died.

The elder Jackson is remembered for fostering near-perfection in his musical offspring starting with the Jackson 5 family band in the 1960s. "I love you grandpa", Randy Jr. said alongside an image of his grandfather.

Michael then explained just how afraid he was of the man by stating: 'Like there's been times when he'd come to see me, I'd get sick, I'd start to regurgitate'.

"This is bad, real bad Michael Jackson, Now I'm mad, real mad Joe Jackson", Kanye West rhymed in Keri Hilson's 2009 hit, "Knock You Down". Michael Jackson had died in June of that year.

"You know, Michael, he was a nice guy".

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Fans of the Jackson family might be surprised to learn that Joe Jackson lived humbly.

Several of the Jackson children would follow with successful careers as solo artists, though by a long measure the two most successful were Michael, whose career notched up record sales in the range of 350 million worldwide, and Janet, with around 100 million in record sales to her name.

Jackson was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Ark.

TMZ is reporting Jackson's death as a result of his pancreatic cancer.

"I have begun to see that even my father's harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless".

Jackson helmed a family of iconic American entertainers, launching them to stratospheric heights of stardom, but his legacy was marred by repeated charges of abuse that strained and ended his relationships with the children he raised in the spotlight.

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Joe Jackson attends the Friars Foundation Gala honouring Robert De Niro and Carlos Slim at The Waldorf Astoria on 7 October 2014 in New York City. She raised their children while Jackson worked at a local steel mill.

Meanwhile celebrities, who are not related to the Jackson family, paid tribute to the former talent manager.

He then told Oprah his father would tell him he as ugly during his days fronting The Jackson 5.

In his final days his wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside as were some of Joe's 11 children and grandchildren.

Additionally, Jackson appeared as himself in a handful of films and television shows - including Louis, Martin & Michael, Anke Late Night, E!

The Jackson 5 at Buttes Chaumont Studios, Paris, in 1977.

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Previous year he said he was "truly sorry" for the way he treated them. Michael's singing, dancing and charisma made him the focus of the group, which dominated the 1970s pop and R&B charts with No. 1 hits such as "I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save," "I'll Be There" and "Never Can Say Goodbye".


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