Joe Jackson, the Jackson Family Patriarch, Dead at 89


"Please don't just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press".

At the same time, he was also a controversial figure who wound up estranged from the kids - including King of Pop Michael Jackson - he set on the path to stardom. "I'd start to regurgitate".

Michael claimed his father beat him.

The couple had 10 children: Maureen, 68, Jackie, 67, Tito, 64, Jermaine, 63, La Toya, 62, Marlon, 61, Randy, 56, and Janet, 52.

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

The famous patriarch was best known for his complicated relationship with late son Michael Jackson.

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

The couple split a few times and lived apart for decades, but they reportedly never divorced.

Supposedly, he had been battling the illness for a long time but not too long ago, the medical specialists told the family that there was nothing more they could do so his time on this Earth was limited. The Jacksons severed ties with him in 1983. He would later negotiate a deal for Janet with A&M Records, the company responsible for releasing the hit albums Control and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. He and wife Katherine filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 1999. When he turned 18, he moved to be near his mother in East Chicago, Indiana. It was there that he met and married Katherine Scruse.

His death was preceded by son Michael, who passed away in 2009, and his young son Brandon who died after his birth. Jackie, Tito and Jermaine became the founding members of a family act that grew to include Marlon and Michael.

Joe had been pretty much out of the spotlight since the 1970s, when he slowly ceased to be involved in negotiations with regard to his children's music, but the last two decades made him a topic in both tabloids and mainstream media. After auditioning in July 1968, The Jackson 5 was signed to Berry Gordy's legendary Motown Records in March 1969.