Joe Jackson, patriarch of Jackson 5 family, dead at 89

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Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of musicians, has passed away, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. "The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days".

According to the source, Joe's kids, including Janet Jackson - who gave him a sweet shout-out as she was honored at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards last week - spent time with him before his death.

Jackson's son Jermaine told the Daily Mail, "He's very, very frail, he doesn't have long".

Joe Jackson is survived by his wife, his children and more than two dozen grandchildren.

Jackson's youngest child Janet, like Michael, would achieve superstar status as a solo artist.

"I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see", read a tweet posted Sunday from Jackson's official Twitter account.

Speaking to TMZ, the source added: 'It's now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time'.

Joe Jackson, patriarch and taskmaster of the Jackson family, has died.

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As a manager, Joe launched the Jackson 5, featuring his sons: Michael, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Tito.

His daughter, La Toya Jackson, tweeted about her father Wednesday.

Michael alleged his father turned violent during rehearsals with The Jackson 5. "I'll always cherish you", Tito Jackson's son, TJ, wrote.

However, Paris Jackson, Michael's daughter, tweeted her doubts that it had come from her grandfather: "This is a handsome tweet". "My mother [Katherine] nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can", she said. "RIP JOE JACKSON and thank you for giving us the many gifts of talent from your family, not just to our community as a whole...but to the ENTIRE WORLD!"

Janet Jackson thanked her father while accepting an award over the weekend as reports swirled that he was seriously ill. Eleven-year-old Michael Jackson became the youngest singer ever to top the benchmark U.S. singles chart as the lead vocalist on 1969's "I Want You Back". Offering prayers and condolences to theJackson family.

Jackson started managing his children and their bands in the early 60s and The Jackson 5 first hit it big in 1966. "My father's never touched me aside from that time". While Joe eventually admitted to the brutality, he told Oprah Winfrey in 2010 that he wouldn't change a thing about his parenting tactics: "I don't [regret the beatings]".

"I'm glad I was tough because look at what I came out with, I came out with kids that people loved all over the world", he said.