The father of the late pop star, Michael Jackson has died. Family sources told the entertainment news outlet that Joe Jackson passed away at 3:30 AM on Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 89. He had reportedly battled cancer and was hospitalized in June
According to TMZ, the elder Jackson died two days after the ninth anniversary of his megastar son, Michael, who died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
His fourth child, Jermaine, told the Daily Mail before Jackson’s death that his father had attempted to prevent visits from his family, withholding information about his location and diagnosis. They were permitted to see him on 19 June. “No one knew what was going on,” said Jackson. “We shouldn’t have to beg, plead and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting.”
Family sources told the entertainment news outlet that Joe passed away at 3:30 AM on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
It was gathered that Joe was hospitalised in June with terminal cancer.
“Joe had been battling health problems for some time now. He was hospitalised back in 2016 after coming down with a high fever. But, he bounced back not long after and was seen partying in Vegas.
“His health was also fragile after a stroke and three heart attacks back in 2015. Doctors implanted a pacemaker,” the report read.
Joe had 10 kids with Katherine, his wife of more than 60 years.
Joe Jackson was born Joseph Walter Jackson on 26 July 1928 in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, the oldest of five children. His parents split when he was 12 and he moved to Oakland, California, to live with his father Samuel. When he turned 18, he moved to be near his mother in East Chicago, Indiana. In Indiana, Jackson pursued his dreams of becoming a boxer and played guitar in an R&B group called the Falcons. He married Katherine Scuse in November 1949. After the birth of their first child, daughter Rebbie, in 1950, Jackson left boxing and became a full-time crane operator for US Steel to support his family.