Joe Jackson, patriarch of Jackson singing family, dead at 89

Posted June 28, 2018

Michael Jackson's father and the music family's patriarch, Joe Jackson, is dead at age 89.

He passed away early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, family sources told TMZ.

In 1949 he married Katherine Scruse, a former classmate from Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana, who raised their children while Jackson worked at a local steel mill.

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Joe Jackson's public image further eroded after the death of Michael, who suffered from intense anxiety and depression, when his father seized the media spotlight to promote his own record label project. The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days.

It was Joe who created The Jackson 5 and got them signed first with Steeltown Records and later Motown Records in 1969, which turned them into global stars.

He called them the Jackson 5 and, with Michael as the precociously talented lead singer, they would become one of the world's top acts with a flashy stage show and irresistible pop songs.

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Jackson's Twitter account tweeted a picture in front of a sunset just this past Sunday.

Speaking of, Joe referenced this toughness he possessed in a video dedicated to his grandson Blanket, when he advised him to 'Be like me: Be tough, in a good way, and you'll live a long time'. "They're hollering, 'Dad, Dad, Dad, ' you know, and it gets to be - it sounds kind of amusing to me". But Paris Jackson, who is Michael Jackson's daughter, later alleged that someone else posted that from her grandfather's account. "We always rehearsed. He's still a mystery man to me and he may always be one". However, during some of his son's most hard times, including his 2004 molestation trial, Joseph was by his side. "My mother [Katherine] nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can", she said. "You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world", she said. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right", he said. A local newspaper had also reported that Jackson "overdid it" while partying. The band found success with hit songs including "I Want You Back" and "ABC", among others. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. They separated several times but never divorced. While Joe eventually admitted to the brutality, he told Oprah Winfrey in 2010 that he wouldn't change a thing about his parenting tactics: "I don't [regret the beatings]".

In a 2013 interview with CNN, he said: "I´m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with".

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