JOE Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom has died at the age of 89.Jackson, who lived in Las Vegas and had been estranged from much of his family, had been suffering from cancer, according to media reports.
TMZ.com first reported the death. Both TMZ and CNN cited a an unidentified source close to the family.The Jackson family was often riven by legal battles, jealousies, money disputes, Joe’s philandering and allegations of child molestation against Michael, as well as Michael’s eccentric lifestyle.Joe was estranged from Michael – who became one of the world’s most successful and best-known performers – before the singer’s 2009 death.
He was also estranged from his wife, Katherine, and many of his other children, including another singing superstar, Janet.Joe Jackson, who was born July 26, 1928, in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, had tried careers as a boxer and a guitarist with little success in the 1950s. He was working as a crane operator at a steel plant in Gary, Indiana, when he took note of the musical talents of his sons.