Access confirms Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson has passed away at 89 years old.
“We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson’s passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family. Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom,” John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said in a statement.
TMZ reports Jackson died at about 3:30 am Wednesday morning with his wife Katherine, family and friends by his sides.
There were previous reports that Joe Jackson had been battling pancreatic cancer, but the reports were never confirmed by any family members.
The Jackson Five father was the first manager of the Jackson Five and was a major part of his children’s stardom. He and Katherine were married more than 60 years and had 10 children.