Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson Family, is in the final stages of terminal cancer

Joe Jackson, father of Michael, Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Randy, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon (11 children in total), has been hospitalized and is said to be in the final stages of terminal cancer.

Jackson is 89 and has suffered through some rough times health-wise over the last few years. That includes one heart attack (at least), several strokes, and dementia. To make matters even worse, he was injured in a car accident about a year ago.

From Variety:

The famously headstrong Jackson drove his performing family hard and at times subjected them to physical and mental abuse; the original Jackson 5 included sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, although younger sibling Randy also performed with the group and daughters LaToya, Rebbie, and, most famously, Janet also released albums. Over the decades, Joe has had a contentious relationship with many family members, including Michael. The Daily Mail claims that Jackson’s “handlers” had barred certain family members from visiting him, which son and former Jackson 5 member Jermaine spoke about to the paper.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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