Joe Jackson Dies Aged 89 After Long Illness

Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, has died. He was 89 years old, the Jackson family has confirmed.

Mr.Jackson passed away on Wednesday morning after been admitted at a health facility for terminal pancreatic cancer.

The sad news comes just two days after the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death nine years ago.

He played a major role in the formation of The Jackson 5, as well as the solo careers of Michael and Janet Jackson. He was the prime architect of his children’s early
successes,

Three of his daughters – LaToya, Rebbie and Janet – all fashioned their pop careers under Mr.Jackson’s management, with varying levels of recognition.

Joe Jackson was born in 1928 in Fountain Hill, Arkansas and was the eldest of five children.

Jackson nurtured ambitions of being a boxer and later played guitar with a blues band, The Falcons, but failed to win a recording deal.

In 1949 he married Katherine Scruse, a former classmate from Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana. She raised their children while Jackson worked at a local
steel mill.

In 1957, they lost a child, Brandon, to stillbirth. He would have been Marlon’s twin brother.

During the 1960s, Jackson took control of his sons’ burgeoning musical efforts and the Jackson 5 was born, later signing to Motown records in 1967.

The Jackson 5 splintered as Michael’s solo career took off and he distanced himself from his father’s management.

Jackson focused instead on his daughter Janet, who went on to become a massive star.

Jackson reportedly carried on a decades long extra-marital affair with Cheryl Terrell, a secretary 20 years his junior. The pair had a daughter, his 11th child, Joh’Vonnie, who is now 43, but Jackson remained married to Katherine all along.

He is survived by Katherine, who is 88, and nine of his 11 children.