Michael Jackson's father passes away aged 89

Published: June 28, 2018 12:34:34 | Updated: June 29, 2018 19:23:44

Joe Jackson (R) with his son Michael, had been in hospital for terminal cancer - Reuters photo

Joe Jackson, the father of music legends Michael and Janet Jackson, has died at age 89, his family said.

Jackson passed away early on Wednesday morning (local time) . He had been in hospital for terminal pancreatic cancer, according to media reports.

His death comes just two days after the anniversary of his son Michael Jackson's death nine years ago, according to a BBC report Thursday.

The family patriarch played a large role in the careers of The Jackson 5, as well as Michael and Janet Jackson.

His death was confirmed on social media by some of his family, including his daughter La Toya Jackson and grandsons Taj and Randy Jackson.

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