Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, passes away

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Jackson divorced his first wife to be with Katherine, whom he married in 1949.

R. Kelly, the controversial singer who has been accused of creating a sex cult, having sex with minors, knowingly passing along STDS and other types of sexual misconduct, weighed in: "Joe Jackson took his 6 sons and 3 daughters from Gary, IN to the world". Mr. Jackson's contributions to the history of music are enormous.

Joe's death comes two days after the death anniversary of Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009.

Joe Jackson's public image further eroded after the death of Michael, who suffered from intense anxiety and depression, when his father seized the media spotlight to promote his own record label project. CNN also confirmed the news through a source close to the family. Jackson was suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer, according to The Daily Mail.

The elder Jackson took a lot of heat from Michael and his siblings for abusing parenting and management practices, including physical brutality.

"He was very strict, very hard, very stern. I'd start to regurgitate". In 2003, he told the BBC that he whipped Michael as a child.

Joe Jackson was portrayed on film by Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs on the 1992 miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream", and by Frederic Tucker on the 2004 VH1 biopic "Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story". "Dad would make me so mad at him that I'd try to get back at him and get beaten all the more". Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon have denied that their father was abusive.

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He is well known for managing his sons' group The Jackson 5. Michael joined the Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2001.

It was Joe who created The Jackson 5 and got them signed first with Steeltown Records and later Motown Records in 1969, which turned them into global stars. The rest of the Jackson 5 followed suit in 1983. Janet Jackson said her father only beat her once, but that they had a distant relationship.

A few days later Jackson shared an emotional tweet hinting at his declining health. His wife, Katherine, had been by his side, according to the report.

Jackson was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Ark. And his son Brandon died at birth in 1957.

Joe later ended up moving to Chicago after his father remarried, hoping to begin a career as a boxer. Jackie, Tito and Jermaine became the founding members of a family act that grew to include Marlon and Michael.

"I was always of the opinion that each one of my children could improve more and more", their father said in his memoir.

Joe Jackson literally drove his kids to success, taking them around the country looking for singing engagements and recording opportunities. The young family band from Gary, Indiana, became a phenomenon in the late 1960s and 70s, with their first four singles, I Want You Back in 1969, and ABC, The Love You Save and I'll Be There in 1970, topping the Billboard charts.