Joe Jackson, father of the legendary pop icon, the late Michael Jackson has died at age 89. Joe was reportedly battling pancreatic cancer passed on in a Los Angeles Hospital Wednesday evening. Joe is known as music manager and the brain behind his family’s band, the Jackson 5.
Joe Jackson died two days after the ninth anniversary of his megastar son, Michael, who died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
Joe Jackson had been struggling with his health for the past several years. He was hospitalized in 2016 after a high fever, and in 2015, he was hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
Jackson engineered the careers of The Jackson 5 and then the solo careers of Michael and Janet Jackson. Though his children accused their controversial father of abuse, he was quoted as saying of Michael’s accusations, “I never beat him. I whipped him with a stick and a belt. I never beat him. You beat someone with a stick.” Jackson had a difficult relationship with his troubled son. People who knew Michael said that the two became closer after Michael became a father of three, but when the King of Pop died, he cut his father out of his will.