MUSIC- Joe Jackson, music manager and father to 11 children including pop stars Michal Jackson and Janet Jackson, passed away at the age of 89 on Wednesday.
Jackson was in final stages of terminal cancer and was being looked after at a Las Vegas hospital where he breathed his last. His grandson Taj Jackson confirmed the news on twitter.
Michael Jackson’s estate released a statement after his death.
“Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom.”
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris paid tribute to her grandfather in an emotional Instagram post. She posted a picture of her holding Joe’s hand and captioned it, “Spending those last few moments with you were everything. Being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. Everyone that came to visit you, came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you.”
Jackson is survived by his wife, Katherine, and their children Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet. Michael Jackson died aged 50 on 25 June 2009.
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