Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, dead at 89

Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, dead at 89

Just days ago, he posted a farewell message to fans on Twitter, writing, "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

His death came after he had been battling cancer "for some time", according to previous reports. Joe Jackson is also the father of Joh'Vonnie Jackson from an extramarital relationship.

"I will always love you!"

Joe Jackson eventually moved the family from Gary to a mansion in Encino, California.

The group, which included vocals by Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, was created in the early 1960s in the family's hometown of Gary, Indiana. And his son Brandon died at birth in 1957.

With a large family to support, Joe Jackson surrendered his dreams of becoming a boxer and secured a job as a crane operator for US Steel.

Jackson and his wife had 10 children and were married for 60 years. He was also the architect of the Jackson 5. Over the following decades, millions would listen to both group and solo recordings by the Jackson 5 (who later became known as The Jacksons) and Michael would become one of the most popular entertainers in history. But, he bounced back not long after and was seen partying in Vegas.

Marion and Michael joined to make them the Jackson Five.

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Daughter Janet Jackson is scheduled to headline this year's Essence Festival in New Orleans in early July.

Joe Jackson and some of the other Jackson siblings denied those allegations, describing the treatment as in line with the stern discipline practices of the day.

Michael claimed his father beat him. "I love you grandpa", Randy Jackson Jr. wrote. "You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. This was the main thing".

In a 2013 interview, Jackson said he had no regrets about being hard on his kids. "I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world".

Past year he said he was "truly sorry" for the way he treated them.

Jackson also weathered some controversy after his wife documented his alleged extramarital affairs in her book, "My Family, The Jacksons". They separated several times but never divorced. Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

Father and son seemed to have reconciled for a time when Michael Jackson was on trial on child molestation charges. I'd like to be clear: I've no problem speaking up when it comes to the welfare of this family, but a journalist called me with information he clearly already had about my father. Joe is very weak and getting significantly weaker. "I can't stand them". Bodyguards said they turned away Joseph Jackson when he appeared at the gate wanting to visit his grandchildren.

In 1982, Joe launched the musical career of his teen daughter Janet - by then a seasoned veteran of TV sitcoms - by financing the demo that secured a deal for her at A&M Records. LaToya Jackson later retracted those comments and said they had been motivated by an abusive husband who controlled her.

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