The Jackson family will forever hold a place in the music world for their revolutionary influence they’ve had on the industry for decades. News has recently broke that the patriarch of the Jackson family, 89-year-old Joe Jackson, has been hospitalized for terminal cancer.
According to sources: “Joe has been battling the illness for quite some time, but it is in the end stages, and cancer cannot be treated.” His wife, Katherine, and some of his children have flown to Las Vegas to be with him during this difficult time.
According to his son, Jermaine, the family had been faced with a great deal of difficulty in finding out information about Joe and the extent of his current condition.
Jermaine stated: “No one knew what was going on - we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”
He continued: “He’s very very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside - that’s our only intention in his final days.”
The last time Joe had ever spoken out on social media was on June 6th where he was taking a break at a local Jamba Juice. He tweeted: “At @JambaJuice. So many choices to select from. With my son Michael’s music playing in the background. I wanna be starting...drinking all three.”
Though some doctors and news outlets have claimed that the patriarch’s days are numbered, Jermaine refuses to let those words haunt them during this time. He took to Twitter and stated his peace:
“On the new story re Joseph. I’d like to be clear: I’ve no problem speaking up when it comes to the welfare of this family, but a journalist called me with information he clearly already had about my father I confirmed certain details but ‘revealed’ nothing.”
He continued: “...For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Jackson family during this time.