Joseph Walter Jackson, known to many as Joe Jackson, dies at age 89 after losing the battle of terminal pancreatic cancer. Joe was an American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers which included one of the biggest pop band of all time, the Jackson Five.
— Joseph Jackson (@Joe5Jackson) July 27, 2015
Joe had suffered poor health since recent years, he experienced three heart attacks in 2015 therefore spending a lot of time in the hospital a year after. He was separated from his wife Katherine for long but it was still believed she frequently visits Joe and stayed at his bedside during most hospital visit.
Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, paid tribute to her grandfather and revealed that they shared a few last moments together before he died. Paris captioned her Instagram post saying that her grandfather is the strongest man she had ever known. “I promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. To never be forgotten. My great grandchildren will know who Joseph Jackson is.”
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RIP The HAWK. Joseph Jackson. spending those last few moments with you were everything. being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. everyone that came to visit you, came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you. proud of you, proud to be your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, proud to have your strength and share the dynasty you spent your life creating, and proud to be a jackson. you are the first true jackson. the legend that started it all. 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. i will cherish every moment with you til the day i die, especially our last moments. being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you’ll ever know. quoting advice you gave me when i was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way. i made you promise me you’ll come visit me. you agreed and i’m going to hold you to it. and i promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. to never be forgotten. my great grandchildren will know who joseph jackson is. i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can’t describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i’ll see you in my dreams very very soon.
Prince Jackson, also Michael Jackson’s child, shared how his grandfather taught him 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.”
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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.
Though Joe was once hated by Michael’s fans because of stories of beating and mental abuse that the brothers had experienced during the Jackson Five days, many had sent their condolences and hoped that the Jackson family will be fine.
Rest in piece Mr. Jackson!