Joe Jackson, patriarch of the musical Jackson family, has died at 89 after a battle with stage-four pancreatic cancer.
Jackson, who died on Wednesday (June 27) at a Las Vegas hospital., was the father of and at times manager to pop stars, Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5.
“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” read a tweet posted Sunday from Jackson’s official Twitter account.
“The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”
His daughter, La Toya Jackson, tweeted about her father Wednesday.
“I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world,” she wrote on her official Twitter account.
“I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jackson,” she added.
The news of Joe’s death comes after Jermaine Jackson told press last week that the family was having a difficult time visiting him or getting information about his condition.
“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,” he said at the time.
“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 added.
Days after the interview was published, TMZ reported that the family, including Joe’s wife and the couple’s children and grandchildren, were then allowed to visit him at the hospital.
Joe Jackson had not been in good health for some time. The talent manager reportedly suffered numerous health problems in recent years, including several strokes in 2013.
In July 2016, TMZ reported that he was hospitalised for a high fever, though the cause was undisclosed.
Two years later, he was hospitalised after a car crash near his Las Vegas home.
Jackson, the father of 11 children, formed the Jackson 5 in the ’60s, consisting of sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and most famously, Michael.
In the early ’70s, he encouraged daughters La Toya, Rebbie, and Janet to start performing. Janet and Michael went on to become pop superstars with careers spanning several decades. Michael died in 2009 of a painkiller overdose.
Jackson had a complicated relationship with his children. Michael had accused his father of being physically abusive, which Jackson later admitted to on a 2010 appearance on Oprah, the year following Jackson’s death.
Sources close to the family speculated that the King of Pop’s extensive plastic surgery was a desperate effort to eliminate any resemblance he bore to his father.
Jackson was reportedly left out of Michael’s will entirely.
“I taught them to be tough,” Jackson told the New York Post of raising his sons with corporal punishment.
“We raised them in a tough neighbourhood, where other kids were in gangs and getting into drugs. I didn’t want them to be soft.”
Michael wasn’t the only of Jackson’s children with whom he had a poor relationship.
His daughter La Toya shockingly revealed in her memoir that her father beat his children and molested her and sister Rebbie.
“When your father gets out of bed with your mother and gets into bed with his daughter and you hear the mother saying, ‘No, Joe, not tonight. Let her rest. Leave her alone, she’s tired,’ that makes you crazy,” La Toya wrote.
However, at the time of the book’s release, Rebbie denied that her father raped her, but said he touched her inappropriately.
Jackson denied the allegations of sexual abuse.
Despite the controversies and tragedies the Jacksons suffered through the years, the patriarch remained adamant that he had no regrets about anything in his life.