Joe Jackson, the father of music legends Michael and Janet Jackson, has died at age 89, a person close to the family has confirmed to the BBC.
Jackson passed away early on Wednesday morning after he had been in hospital for terminal pancreatic cancer, celebrity news website TMZ reports.
His death comes just two days after the anniversary of his son Michael Jackson’s death nine years ago.
His grandson, Taj Jackson, also confirmed his death in a tweet.
Disgusted by some of the comments I’m reading about my grandpa Joe by those who didn’t even know him. Please don’t just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness.#ripthehawk
5:21 PM – Jun 27, 2018
May his soul rest in peace