By Susan Johnes
Posted June 29th 2018
Joe Jackson, the man who literally brought talented siblings Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson passed away early Wednesday morning aged 89.
Joe Jackson passed away early Wednesday morning at his hospice in Las Vegas, with his death occurring two days after Michael’s death date.
TMZ reports that Jackson was suffering from the final stages of cancer and his family had gathered around him to pay their respects and await the impending transition.
Joe Jackson has left behind a significant legacy. He was known as a no-nonsense manager to the Jackson 5 and was infamously tough on his children in what he believed was an effort to make them great.
Last week, multiple outlets had reported that Joe was battling cancer and he was hospitalized with late-stage cancer and deteriorating health.
However, it wasn’t the first time the music manager had been hospitalized. He had previously used a wheelchair in the past couple of years after suffering multiple strokes.
We will all remember Jackson and his family for giving us iconic American entertainers, who broke charts with their hit music.
But Jackson’s social life was marred by repeated charges of abuse that strained and ended his relationships with the children he raised in the spotlight.
His departure has created an enormous vacuum in the Jackson family patriarch; leaving behind his wife, Katherine Jackson, and eight of their ten children: daughters Rebbie, LaToya and Janet, and sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy.
It seems Joe Jackson had already known what fate had in store for him because just a few days ago, he posted a farewell message to fans on Twitter, writing, “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see.”
Joe Jackson was born in 1928 in Arkansas as the eldest of five children. While working at a steel company, he dreamt about becoming a professional boxer or maybe a musician.
When his kids began growing, he developed an interest in music and started practicing with his three eldest sons; Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine. In the early 1960s, his band soon expanded to include Marlon and Michael, and the group was later dubbed the Jackson 5.
In the late 1960s, after Jackson landed a deal with Motown Records, the group officially graduated from local talent shows to a national audience.
Credit goes to Jackson who would go on to enlist nearly all of his children as performers at various times. He took an active role in managing the singing career of his youngest daughter, Janet, who debuted her first album in 1982.
Following Joe’s death, Michael Jackson’s estate released a statement saying:
“We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom.”
R.I.P Joe Jackson.