Joe Jackson, father and manager of the iconic Jackson 5, has died. He was 89.
Joe was ill with terminal pancreatic cancer. After being hospitalized in early June, Joe’s family began to realize that tragic reality that they could lose their father very soon. While he had been battling cancer for quite some time, it’s rapid development throughout the music legend’s body become more life-threatening in June.
TMZ broke the news that Joe was in the last stages of his life and that the cancer could not be further treated. On June 21st, Joe’s son, Jermaine, confided in the Daily Mail that his father was “Very, very frail.” He went on to say, “He doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days.”
As Jackson Family music fans know, June 25th, 2009 was the day that the legendary pop icon, Michael Jackson, suddenly passed away. Billions of people grieved the loss of Michael. The month is a reminder of his loss. Now, Joe Jackson shares that same month of passing.
Joe’s life was full of tremendous success, starting with his son Tito Jackson. Tito’s guitar inspired Joe’s vision of what would later be one of the most iconic music groups in history: The Jackson Five. The original group, “The Jackson Brothers,” featured Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine Jackson. In 1965, Marlon and Michael Jackson joined the group, creating “The Jackson Five.”
Joe Jackson’s tactics for raising and managing one of the most influential bands in music were less than favorable. The father was widely known for emotionally and physically abusing his children. In an emotional memoir, one of the Jackson sisters, admitted that her father would point a gun at the children in order to get their attention.
Oprah interviewed Joe Jackson in 2019 and confronted the father. After asking him if he regretted it, he simply confessed, “I don’t regret the beatings. It kept them out of jail and kept them right.”
While Joe Jackson’s legacy is far from perfect, he’ll be missed by his family. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, and their eight children.