Joe Jackson Dead at 89

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, has died. He was 89.

Family sources tell TMZ that Jackson passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning (June 27) in Los Angeles.

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Jackson was hospitalized in June with terminal cancer. His family including wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside, as well as his children and grandchildren.

Joe had been struggling with health issues for a while. He suffered a stroke and three heart attacks in 2015 after which doctors implanted a pacemaker. He was also hospitalized in 2016 with a high fever, but bounced back and later seen partying in Las Vegas.

As one of the most successful managers in music, Joe guided the careers of The Jackson 5, and Michael and Janet Jackson as solo artists. He was criticized for his parenting and management practices, including physical brutality.

Joe and Katherine were married for more than 60 years and had 10 kids together. The two did not live together and had a strained relationship during the last years of his life.

Janet recently paid homage to her father while receiving the Impact Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards. “My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable,” she said. “My incredible father drove me to be the best I can. My siblings set an incredibly high standard, a high bar for artistic excellence.”