Joe Jackson's grandson tells critics: 'Let us grieve without the nastiness'

Lydia FlemingJun 28, 2018

Jackson, who had been based in Las Vegas and had been estranged from much of his family, had been suffering from cancer, according to USA media reports. Here's what members of the Jackson family have said about the famous patriarch over the years. His wife, Katherine, had been at his bedside as were some of Joe's children and grandchildren.

According to the source, Joe's kids, including Janet Jackson - who gave him a sweet shout-out as she was honored at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards last week - spent time with him before his death. The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days.

Joe and Katherine Jackson had 10 children over the 60-plus years they were married. He, with a little help from Diana Ross, engineered the careers of The Jackson 5, and then Michael and Janet Jackson as solo artists.

A verified Twitter account for Joe Jackson tweeted this past weekend that he had "seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

Speaking of, Joe referenced this toughness he possessed in a video dedicated to his grandson Blanket, when he advised him to 'Be like me: Be tough, in a good way, and you'll live a long time'.

Lauded for managing the group's emergence, Joe Jackson's reputation suffered after stories emerged in the 1980s of his alleged abusive treatment of his kids, including allegations made by Michael which were later denied by Joe and Katherine Jackson, the children's mother.

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He called them the Jackson 5 and, with Michael as the precociously talented lead singer, they would become one of the world's top acts with irresistible pop songs.

"I will always love you", La Toya, 62, tweeted Wednesday.

"I don't [regret the beatings]", he told her. "Most of the time we just rehearsed". The group went on to sign with Motown Records, and they quickly scored four No. 1 singles with "I Want You Back", "ABC", "I'll Be There", and "The Love You Save". His father - Samuel Jackson - was a university professor and, according to Joe, a very strict and domineering man.

The Jackson 5 at Buttes Chaumont Studios, Paris, in 1977.

Joe Jackson wanted to be a music star but it didn't work out for him.

Previous year he said he was "truly sorry" for the way he treated them. They were acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 in a proclamation naming him as Best Entertainment Manager of All Time. In a widely watched 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, then mega-star Michael broke down in tears as he discussed his father's beatings, and he later excluded him from his will.

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