Joe Jackson Passed Away at 89

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Entertainment sites TMZ and ET said Jackson died this morning in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Last week it was reported that Joe Jackson was hospitalized in Las Vegas due to effects of terminal pancreatic cancer. 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.

In this March 15, 2005 file photo, Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with his father, Joe, in Santa Maria, Calif., following a day of testimony in Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation. On one hand, his reputation looms large as one of the most famously abusive stage dads, who exacted perfection from his sons in the Jackson 5, both physically and mentally.

Joe seemed to know he had little time left, taking to Twitter over the weekend to tell his followers, "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

"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 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'.

Jackson is survived by his wife, Katherine, and his ten children, Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Brandon, Randy, Janet, and Joh'Vonnie. Their rise lifted the family out of poverty in Gary, Indiana, and into lives of fame and fortune.

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Joe, a famous talent manager, is best known for managing his sons' musical group, The Jackson 5, originally known as The Jackson Brothers.

In his 1985 autobiography "Moonwalk", Michael Jackson wrote, "We'd perform for him and he'd critique us". God. awful, horrifying stories it has made me realize the more often you hear a lie, I mean, you begin to believe it'. "They said they couldn't find me, but I was right there". "People wonder why I always have children around". "But they didn't get in touch with me".

"This man is and always will be an example or (sic) sheer willpower and dedication", Prince captioned the pic. Sharpton was one of the first to mourn Joe Jackson on Twitter.

Joe managed his kids' various careers from the beginning, but as they matured, tensions mounted. There have been multiple reports of Jackson's failing health in recent weeks.

No official cause of death has been released yet, per CNN, but we do know that Joe had been ill for some time, having suffered two strokes and three heart attacks since 2012. A year later, he shot down rumors of his own demise on his website, proclaiming, "I am 100% alive". According to TMZ, Jackson was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas earlier this week.

The week before Joe's death, Janet Jackson paid tribute to her ailing father in a touching speech at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

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