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Michael Jackson’s dad dies at 89

Michael Jackson’s dad dies at 89

Joe Jackson, the father of Michael and Janet Jackson as well as their famous siblings, died on Wednesday, June 27, at the age of 89. In late June, several news outlets reported that Jackson was suffering from terminal cancer.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told The Associated Press that Joe Jackson died at 2:55 a.m. on Wednesday at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas.

The Jackson family was often riven by legal battles, jealousies, money disputes, Joe's philandering and allegations of child molestation against Michael, as well as Michael's eccentric lifestyle.

Joe Jackson was broadly criticized for his parenting, but the TMZ website, among others, points out that he remained loyal to Michael when the superstar was tarnished with scandal. In 2013, Jackson appeared on CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight and claimed to have no regrets about the way he raised his children.

The Jackson 5's diminutive lead singer and dance prodigy, Michael, would become the main beneficiary and victim of his father's harsh discipline as he slipped from superstardom to a premature death in 2009.

The group, with its danceable Motown R&B, hit number one with four songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Williams, another TV host, also joined in commemorating Joe Jackson's legacy on Twitter.

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

Representatives for family members did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but Jackson himself hinted at his impending death in a tweet two days ago.

Randy Jackson Jr., son of Jackson brother Randy, tweeted this morning, "RIP to the king that made everything possible!"

Joseph Walter Jackson was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, AR.

Just this past weekend, Janet Jackson hailed her father during an acceptance speech at a Radio Disney awards ceremony. The Jackson family patriarch reportedly died today, and his loved ones were by his side for their final goodbyes. Perkins, portrayed by Glover in pale white makeup and an extremely high-pitched voice, was clearly a spoof on post-surgery Michael Jackson. "Katherine Jackson and the family", the estate of Michael Jackson, which includes co-executors John Branca and John McClain, said in a statement mentioning Joe Jackson's wife Katherine. "I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world". Joe copped to it but, far from apologizing. he said his methods made his kids successful and kept them out of jail. Michael also said his father would taunt him about his "fat nose", and later told Winfrey he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him.

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