Joe Jackson: Patriarch of Jackson family dies aged 89

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Family sources tell TMZ, Joe passed away at 3:30 AM Wednesday morning in L.A. We broke the story.

Joe Jackson died on Wednesday, a Jackson family source confirmed to ET.

Joe Jackson married Katherine, his second wife, in 1949 and settled down in Gary, Ind.

"Joe had been battling health problems for some time now".

His fourth child, Jermaine, told the Daily Mail before Jackson's death that his father had attempted to prevent visits from his family, withholding information about his location and diagnosis.

In a June 24 tweet, Jackson himself talked about his end of days, writing "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see".

Michael Jackson and his father Joe Jackson (R) wave to fans as they exit the court after hearing the jury declare Not Guilty on all counts in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. The Jacksons were parents to 10 children: Michael, Janet, Rebbie, La Toya, Janet, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Marlon's twin, Brandon, who died shortly after birth.

Michael Jackson's 20-year-old daughter also thanked her followers for their support.

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'I love my father but I don't know him, ' responded Michael.

He then told Oprah his father would tell him he as ugly during his days fronting The Jackson 5. Though he didn't manage the act in that booking, the elder Jackson was seen hanging with his sons backstage. "You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world", she said.

Joe Jackson attends the 2017 Soul Train Awards, presented by BET, at the Orleans Arena on November 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

However, Paris Jackson later tweeted that her grandfather did not post the tweet, saying, "My grandfather did not tweet this".

"My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can", Janet said. The band found success with hit songs including "I Want You Back" and "ABC", among others.

Joe Jackson wanted to be a music star but it didn't work out for him. His wife Katherine filed for divorce twice during their marriage but never went through with the separation. In a 2003 interview on the BBC, Jackson said, "I whipped [Michael] with a switch and a belt...[but] I never beat him".

"I look at it this way: You've got six boys in Gary, Indiana, and so I can say that he got those six boys out of Gary, Indiana, and the rest of the family out of Gary and now our name is internationally known throughout the world", Marlon said.

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