Joe Jackson, the father of Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, has passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.
Joe Jackson Dies
The cause of death is not yet released, but according to previous reports, he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. He was brought to the hospital and admitted last week because of his deteriorating health.
His son, Jermaine Jackson, said on Twitter at the time that his father was very ill, but denied rumors that he was dying. He also revealed that the entire family, including his mother and siblings, went to the hospital to be with Joe.
2: My father's health is not good, but "dying" is a harsh word chosen by headline writers, not me. For however long he has left, my mother, siblings, and relatives want to be with him, without hindrance. (2/2) — Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) June 21, 2018
Jackson Family Pays Tribute To Joe Jackson
La Toya Jackson confirmed the news of her father's death with a message on Twitter on Wednesday.
"I will always love you," the singer and television personality wrote. "You gave us strength, you made us one of the most families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared."
One of Joe's grandsons, Randy, also posted a tribute to the Jackson patriarch.
RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa pic.twitter.com/SI1C7lUuG6 — RANDY JACKSON (@randyjacksonjr) June 27, 2018
Another grandson, Taj Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, also made a post about Joe's death. In a tweet, he called out the people who were criticizing the Jackson patriarch and his controversial relationship with his children.
Disgusted by some of the comments I'm reading about my grandpa Joe by those who didn't even know him. Please don't just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness.#ripthehawk — Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 27, 2018
Paris, daughter of Michael, also posted a message to her late grandfather on social media. On Instagram, she revealed that Joe spent his final moments telling stories about his famous children.
While Joe was a controversial figure in the Jackson family, the 20-year-old model/social media star thanked the talent manager for the "dynasty" his spent his whole life creating.
"You are the first true Jackson. The legend that started it all," she wrote. "None of us would be anywhere near where we're at if it weren't for you. You are the strongest man I know. Your life's work will go down in history, as will you, to be known as one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live."
Her brother Prince also took to Instagram to honor "The Hawk" by posting a photo of himself beside his grandfather.
This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication. He didn't choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.43.6k Likes, 2,063 Comments - Prince Jackson (@princejackson) on Instagram: "This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication. He didn't choose the..."