Joe Jackson has died at the age of 89.
The patriarch of one of modern music's most famous families passed away in a Las Vegas hospital after a long battle with cancer. His son Jermaine revealed recently that they had not been able to see him as details of his whereabouts had been kept from them, but succeeded earlier this month.
Jackson was instrumental in the success of The Jackson 5 in the 1960s and 1970s, but also had a reputation for being tyrannical in his pursuit of fame and fortune for his sons' musical careers. Stories of beatings and forced rehearsals after school emerged in the 1980s, and indeed, he told Oprah in recent years that he did not regret beating his children with a strap, saying “It kept them out of jail and kept them right.”
Nevertheless, fans, family and celebrities have been paying tribute to him on social media, some of which you can see below.
Joe Jackson, brother beloved, patriarch & creator of one of the most talented American musical dynasties. We will remember him as long as his family’s music plays. Offering prayers and condolences to the Jackson family. #RIP #NeverCanSayGoodbye #JoeJackson pic.twitter.com/ws7vFmeRxi
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) June 27, 2018
I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jacksonhttps://t.co/F5UfYjEgYx
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 27, 2018
I HAV JUST LEARNED THAT THE FATHER OF MY DEAR FRIEND MJ HAS PASSED TODAY! JOE JACKSON WAS ALWAYS GOOD 2 ME! HE TREATED ME LIKE FAMILY! HE WAS INTIMIDATING 2 ALL, ESPECIALLY MICHAEL, & WEV’E ALL HEARD STORIES OF ABUSE, BUT HE DID RAISE SOME AMAZING CHILDREN! R.I.P. JOESEPH JACKSON
— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) June 27, 2018
— Pretender Aoki (@steveaoki) June 27, 2018
RIP Joe Jackson. pic.twitter.com/Ir8UKNIxBi
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) June 27, 2018
Where It All Began...
Salute To Joe Jackson (R.I.P.)
Love To The Entire Jackson Family Tree...
Iconic Legacy Greatness!!! pic.twitter.com/BptBMb6BaK
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) June 27, 2018
My thoughts, prayers and love go out to my friends the Jackson family. May the Lord give you comfort and peace with the loss of your husband and father Joe Jackson.
— Jimmy Osmond (@jimmyosmond) June 27, 2018
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Jackson. My heartfelt sympathy is with all the Jackson family. I wish them love, comfort and peace through their loss.
With My Sincerest Condolences,
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) June 27, 2018
R.I.P. Joe Jackson when you called on me I made myself available to you because I respected your life’s journey.The amount of sunshine you & your family brought to our community & this planet is appreciated and https://t.co/020GMZo07j love the Jackson Family is easy as 1,2,3âÂ?¤ï¸Â? pic.twitter.com/O0mejhGOqg
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) June 27, 2018
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.