Over the years, Jackson had a rocky relationship with his wife, Katherine, with whom he had 10 children, according to CNN. 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.
That changed when the Jackson kids started to grow up and develop an interest in music.
Joe Jackson, patriarch and taskmaster of the Jackson family, has died. More recently, Joe had been hospitalized amid a battle with pancreatic cancer and was "not doing well" in the past month or so, an insider told People. In the 2003 ITV documentary Living With Michael Jackson, the singer told interviewer Martin Bashir that his father would oversee the Jackson 5's intense rehearsals "with a belt in his hand" and "tear you up, really get you" if one of the brothers missed a step.
But he was also a highly controversial figure. His tweet appeared to reference long-standing media reports of Joe Jackson's alleged history of abuse in regards to Michael and some of his other children.
Jackson was honored with a Brenden Celebrity Star on October 27, 2009, at the Las Vegas premiere of the Michael Jackson documentary, "This is It".
Joe Jackson publicly attempted to defuse the accusations of harsh behavior, often maladroitly. "You beat someone with a stick". Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon have denied that their father was abusive.
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During the 1960s, Jackson took control of his sons' burgeoning musical efforts and the Jackson 5 was born, later signing to Motown records in 1967. Eleven-year-old Michael Jackson became the youngest singer ever to top the benchmark United States singles chart as the lead vocalist on 1969's "I Want You Back".
"Blessed to have a family that comes together the way the Jacksons do", Paris Jackson tweeted. His three oldest sons, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine, were the first to perform, going under the name the Jackson Brothers.
He received The Rhythm & Blues Humanitarian Award from the R&B Music Hall of Fame four years later.
That same day, at the Radio Disney Awards held in Los Angeles, California, his daughter Janet mentioned her father in her acceptance speech for the inaugural Impact Award, as The Hollywood Reporter noted.
Michael Jackson with his father, Joe, in Santa Maria, Calif., in March 2005. The rest of the Jackson 5 followed suit in 1983. Janet said she found it hard to trust men because of her father's behavior.
But Jackson recovered from both illnesses, showing that despite his years, he was still tough. He was no stranger to big families as he was the youngest of five children.
According to the outlet, his wife Katherine and some of his 11 children and grandchildren flew to Las Vegas to be by his side.