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Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson Dead At Age 89

June 27, 2018 - 11:07 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD / AP) - Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the famous Jackson family, has died at age 89, according to TMZ.

According to reports, Jackson had been hospitalized with terminal cancer.

Jackson fuled speculation of his illness when he tweeted a message recently saying, "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see."

The stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings took his family from poverty in Gary, Indiana, and launched a musical dynasty.

Five of his boys — Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie — made the clan an instant sensation with the arrival of the Jackson 5 in 1969.

Over the following decades, millions would listen to recordings by the Jacksons, and Michael would become one of the most popular entertainers in history before his death in 2009.