Joe Jackson, father of the 'Jackson 5,' dead at 89

Joe Jackson 89 had been in hospital for terminal cancer. * Reuters

Joe Jackson 89 had been in hospital for terminal cancer. * Reuters

The American star will be remembered for managing his children and engineering the careers of The Jackson, followed by Michael and Janet Jackson as solo artists.

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of of the Jackson family and father of pop superstar Michael Jackson, died Wednesday at age 89, according to a TMZ report later verified by Fox News. After the news broke, numerous former talent manager's relatives took to social media to pay tribute to the man who jumpstarted the mega-successful careers of the musical family. "Let her rest. Leave her alone, she's exhausted, ' that makes you insane", La Toya wrote. He was working as a crane operator at a steel plant in Gary, Indiana, when he took note of the musical and dance talents of his sons.

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.

He and his brother Luther formed a band in the mid-1950s called The Falcons, intent on booking gigs for extra money.

Joe is father to Maureen, Sigmund, Toriano, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Brandon, Michael, Steven, Janet and Joh'Vonnie, a product of his 25-year long affair with Cheryl Terrell. After a pair of releases on the local Steeltown label, the Detroit-based indie pop/R&B superpower Motown - which had initially passed on the act - signed the Jackson 5 to a contract in 1968.

Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images From left: Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Joe Jackson, Junior Walker, Katherine Jackson and Jermaine Jackson, pictured in 1970.

"I will always love you!" It's because I find the thing that I never had through them.

In a 2013 interview with CNN, he said: "I´m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with. It kept them out of jail and kept them right".

"We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson's passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family", the statement read. Michael also said his father would taunt him about his "fat nose", and later told Winfrey he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him. "I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. 'He would know how to get me out of this, '" Joe Jackson said. "My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable", she said as she accepted the Impact Award.

In her 1991 memoir, La Toya Jackson wrote that her father beat his children and molested her and her sister Rebbie, claims she later said she regretted. "My siblings set an incredibly high standard for artistic excellence..."

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