Inside Janet & Michael Jackson's Complex Relationship With Father Joe

Oscar Cross
June 28, 2018

Joe, 89, died on Wednesday after a battle with terminal cancer, a week after ET confirmed his health had taken a turn for the worse and his family was gathering to say their goodbyes.

According to United States entertainment website TMZ, Jackson passed away early on Wednesday morning after he had been in hospital for terminal pancreatic cancer.

Now sources close to Joe gave revealed that he is "significantly weaker".

Joe Jackson married Katherine, his second wife, in 1949 and settled down in Gary, Ind. The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days. Prince Jackson, Michael Jackson's eldest son, posted a lovely picture of Joe with some of his grandchildren on Instagram.

Several of the Jackson children would follow with successful careers as solo artists, though by a long measure the two most successful were Michael, whose career notched up record sales in the range of 350 million worldwide, and Janet, with around 100 million in record sales to her name.

Joe seemed to know he had little time left, taking to Twitter over the weekend to tell his followers, "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

Joe Jackson addressed his approach to parenting in a 2013 interview with CNN: "I had to be like that way because during those times, it was hard, and you have a lot of gangs there, you know, in the area where we were living".


Joe was the manager of his sons' musical group The Jackson 5, which included Michael Jackson. Joe Jackson also represented his daughters La Toya, Rebbie, and Janet, the latter of whom he asked to join the Jacksons' traveling nightclub show when she was just seven. "I love you grandpa".

Fronted by the then-pint-sized wonder and brothers Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, and Jackie, the Jackson 5 was an instant sensation in 1969 and became the first phase of superstardom for the Jackson family. "We shouldn't have to beg, plead and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this". "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.

However, his granddaughter Paris Jackson, spoke out and said that the message was in not written by him.

Joe Jackson attends the 2017 Soul Train Awards, presented by BET, at the Orleans Arena on November 5, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Joe's family journey was highlighted in the ABC mini-series, The Jacksons: An American Dream, in 1992, and in VH1's Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story in 2004.

The couple split a few times and lived apart for decades, but they reportedly never divorced. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right".

Michael claimed his father beat him. "I'm glad I was tough, because look what I came out with", he said.

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