Jackson family patriarch, Joe Jackson, dies at 89

Joe Jackson, patriarch of The Jacksons, has died

Controversial Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson Has Died At 89

Joe Jackson, patriarch of the legendary Jackson family, which included Michael and Janet Jackson, has died, the estate of Michael has confirmed in a statement.

Jackson was preceded in death by two of his sons, Michael and Brandon, who was stillborn. Jackson divorced his first wife to be with Katherine, whom he married in 1949.

It continued, "Mr. Jackson's contributions to the history of music are enormous".

Jackson's son, Jermaine Jackson, echoed this report, letting the public know that the Jackson family wanted to spend time with Joe in the days leading up to his death.

We have learned that Joe Jackson has passed away at the age of 89 following health problems.

Joe Jackson's famous family mourned his death Wednesday.

Jackson was hospitalized in June with terminal cancer, according to TMZ.

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Jackson began to work with his children on their musical careers in the 1960s, when the family lived in Gary, Indiana.

Joe addressed the claims in Louis Theroux's documentary about Michael Jackson, telling the journalist: "I whipped him with a switch and a belt". However, over the years, his methods have been questioned after his sons - particularly Michael - detailed brutal management and parenting tactics that they described as abusive.

"He was very strict, very hard, very stern".

"I'm glad I was tough because look what I came out with", Joe Jackson said in a 2013 CNN interview.

"And when I started playing, his mouth flew open!" "Dad would make me so mad at him that I'd try to get back at him and get beaten all the more". "You beat someone with a stick".

By the mid-'60s, the quintet of Michael, Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson was a popular local attraction in their hometown of Gary, Indiana.

He is well known for managing his sons' group The Jackson 5. He and the family moved to California, and the Jackson 5 became an immediate sensation, getting to #1 with their very first single, the pop masterpiece "I Want You Back".

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The Jackson family circa 1971.

The Jackson 5, formed in 1964, was originally comprised of Jackson's sons Jackie, Tito and Jermaine.

He received The Rhythm & Blues Humanitarian Award from the R&B Music Hall of Fame four years later. He was attending with his daughter, Janet, who received the Ultimate Icon Award.

Marlon Jackson (from left), father Joe Jackson, an unidentified friend, Michael Jackson and Randy Jackson backstage at the Inglewood Forum on August 26, 1973. The rest of the Jackson 5 followed suit in 1983.

Jackson had been dogged by ill health - and rumors to that effect - for years.

He had 11 kids, including 10 with his estranged wife Katherine, and one, with Cheryl Terrell.

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