Joe Jackson, father of Michael and Janet Jackson, dead at 89

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Jackson passed early Wednesday morning at a hospital in Las Vegas, where he was being treated for terminal pancreatic cancer, according to TMZ. CNN also confirmed the news through a source close to the family.

Representatives did not respond to requests for details.

Just days ago the Twitter account associated with Joe Jackson shared an image online with the message "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see". "I Want You Back", released the following year, became the group's first No. 1 hit. Michael Jackson told Oprah Winfrey in a 1993 interview that he was so afraid of his father he would sometimes vomit when he saw him.

During his life, Joe Jackson was known for managing the Jackson 5 and bringing his children into the spotlight. She suffered low self-esteem as she watched how other fathers would show affection to their children.

He had been battling health problems for some time now and was previously hospitalized in 2016 after coming down with a high fever. "They were acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 in a proclamation naming him as Best Entertainment Manager of All Time; he was inducted into Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2014 and his son Michael acknowledged him with a Joe Jackson Day at Neverland". Joe copped to it but, far from apologizing. he said his methods made his kids successful and kept them out of jail.

He later said that he was glad he was tough because he ended up with children "everybody loved all over the world".

'I felt there wasn't anything important for me to say and those were very sad, sad years for me, ' said Michael.

Joe and Katherine tied the knot in 1949 and had 11 children together, one of whom died soon after birth.

"This man is and always will be an example or (sic) sheer willpower and dedication", Prince captioned the pic. Jackson also had a daughter out of wedlock.

Jermaine Jackson recently spoke out about his father's health, saying: "He doesn't have long". RIP JOE JACKSON and thank you for giving us the many gifts of talent from your family, not just to our community on a whole.but to the ENTIRE WORLD!

Jackson stood by his son during his molestation trial. "There's no question about it-I know that he loves me, and he's told me before".

"So I started learning The Temptations and all that, playing songs like ´My Girl, ´ with Jackie, Jermaine and myself singing, starting to work out parts for these songs". The rest is history. Jackson also had a daughter out of wedlock.

The Jackson 5's big break came in 1967 when they won an amateur competition at New York's Apollo Theater.

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