Joe Jackson, patriarch of the famous Jackson family, has died at age 89.
US celebrity site TMZ confirmed Jackson died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He was hospitalised in June with terminal cancer and it's understood family have been at his side since his diagnosis.
Last week, Celeb Gossip reported that Jermaine Jackson had revealed that his father, Joe, was on his death bed.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former Jackson five member revealed that the patriarch of the family was dying after being diagnosed with an undisclosed terminal illness.
The Express also reported that Joe had dementia after suffering several strokes in recent years.
The 89-year-old was father to 11 children including Janet and the late Michael Jackson.
Speaking on his father’s health last week, Jermaine (68), confirmed it was not looking good, “he's very very frail, he doesn't have long. The family needs to be by his bedside. That's our only intention in his final days.”
Jermaine also confirmed that the family, including his mother Katherine, were initially barred by Joe handlers, including his manager Charles Coupet, for four days from seeing their dying father.
“No one knew what was going on. We shouldn't have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this. We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn't get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.”
A source close to the family, adds that it was Joe himself who gave verbal instructions making it clear that he didn't want visitors or anyone from his family to see him or his medical records.
Joe gained notoriety during the 1960s, when he worked as a talent manager before working with his three eldest sons Jackie, Tito and Jermaine to form a band.
Younger sons Marlon and Michael would also join the group, which eventually became known as The Jackson 5. Joe launched the career of Michael Jackson as well as the Jackson 5 in the 1960s.
Joe was also instrumental in launching Janet’s career as she released her debut album at the age of 16.
In 2014, it was revealed by the NY Post that the patriarch was estranged from his children and grandchildren, with a source telling the Post he was “no longer a part of the family.”
In 2016 he was also hospitalised and has had a stroke and three heart attacks.
He was married to Katherine Jackson and together they had 11 children.
Meanwhile, tributes for the former manager have been pouring in since the news broke. From the Celeb Gossip News crew we say, May His Dear Soul rest in eternal peace.
My deepest condolences go out to the Jackson family. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
RIP Joe Jackson
— Antonio Arellano (@AntonioArellano) June 27, 2018