Joe Jackson, Creator of Jackson 5, Is Near Death

Family patriarch, 89, in final stages of terminal cancer
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2018 1:20 PM CDT
Jackson Family Patriarch Is Near Death
A 2014 photo of Joe Jackson.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The man who created the Jackson family's musical dynasty is near death in the hospital, reports TMZ. Joe Jackson, 89, is in the final stages of terminal cancer and receiving final visits from family members. Variety confirms the news. Decades ago, Jackson was the architect of the Jackson 5, featuring young son Michael and siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, at least originally. Joe Jackson has had a notoriously rocky relationship with various family members at times and was accused of abusive behavior toward his kids. Though the family got its musical start in Gary, Indiana, the elder Jackson has lived in Las Vegas for a while now. (More Joe Jackson stories.)

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