Joe Jackson Dead At 89 Following Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Joseph "Joe" Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, has died at the age of 89 following a grueling battle with pancreatic cancer.

The talent manager reportedly died at 3.30am in Los Angeles today, according to TMZ. "I love you grandpa", Randy Jr. said alongside an image of his grandfather.

His grandson, Taj Jackson, confirmed his death on Twitter, asking the public to allow his family to "grieve without the nastiness" that some people were quick to post online.

The patriarch of the Jackson family had voiced his desire to hold on through Monday said the family source, which marked the ninth anniversary of his son's death.

"I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see", he said. "I had to be like that way because during those times, it was hard, and you have a lot of gangs there, you know, in the area where we were living", he noted.

As music fans, today, honor Jackson as the man behind one of the most iconic American musical dynasties, we're remembering Jackson's legacy and contributions as a husband and father to his 10 children (one child, Brandon, died shortly after birth) with wife Katherine. Eleven-year-old Michael Jackson became the youngest singer ever to top the benchmark U.S. singles chart as the lead vocalist on 1969's "I Want You Back".

Joe Jackson, who was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, had tried careers as a boxer and a guitarist with little success in the 1950s.

The statement reveals a respected relationship between Michael's estate and Joe, one that was not always positive. "My father - my incredible father - drove me to be the best that I can".

He and Katherine had 10 children; nine survived to have recording careers starting with the Jackson 5, who became instant global pop sensations when they burst on the scene. He eventually replaced the neighbors with brothers Michael and Marlon, and the Jackson Five went professional in 1966.

The group, with its danceable Motown R&B, hit number one with four songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Father and son seemed to have reconciled for a time when Michael Jackson was on trial on child molestation charges.

He was also estranged from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other children, including another singing superstar, Janet.

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

Jackson was born in Arkansas and raised his family in IN before settling in Las Vegas. The group released hit after hit, including "ABC", "I'll Be There", and "I Want You Back", and appeared in various television shows throughout their active years.

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