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Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, has died

He had pancreatic cancer.

JOE JACKSON, THE patriarch of the famous Jackson family, has died.

A family source told the US press that the father of Michael Jackson passed away today. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Jackson was 89 years old and died in Los Angeles. The New York Times said that his family confirmed his death in a statement. It’s understood he was admitted to hospital on Friday.

In the mid-1960s, Jackson and his wife Katherine were responsible for encouraging his sons to enter the music business as the group the Jackson 5. They went on to have a huge career, and Michael Jackson became incredibly successful with his own solo career.

Jackson was fired as the Jackson 5 manager in 1983. The children did not have easy relationships with their father, with allegations of abuse and beatings being reported over the years.

- With reporting from AP

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