Janet Jackson Releases Statement On The Passing Of Her Father
The patriarch of the famous Jackson family passed away in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 27th. He was 89. A private funeral service was held this week, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
The estate of Janet’s brother, Michael, released a statement earlier in the week,
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.
As previously reported, Jackson has passed away in Las Vegas at the Nathan Adelson Hospice following a battle with cancer. Last week, Jackson was reportedly hospitalized and was in the final stages and “could not be treated.” He was the architect of The Jackson 5 and suffered from a variety of health conditions including strokes, dementia and at least one heart attack.
Jackson created The Jackson 5 in the 1960’s, while the family was living in Gary, Indiana. Jackson was a former guitarist, who shelved his dreams to work at steel mills to support his family. The family including wife Katherine, later moved to California, after signing with Berry Gordy’s Motown Records. The group is known for such hit as “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.”
Aside from Michael and The Jackson 5, Janet, 52, would also become a superstar. Her father initially managed her career, as she appeared on the family variety show and also helped her land a role on the hit 1970’s series Good Times. In 1986, at age 19, after releasing her blockbuster third album “Control” she fired her father as a manager.
Throughout the years, many of his children including Michael, reported facing emotional and physical abuse from their father. Janet talked about her experience with Joe explaining,
I was very young, I remember being younger than 8. I can’t remember what it was that I did. I can’t remember if I truly deserved it. … My father never touched me aside from that time.
In a 2011 interview with then CNN talk show host Piers Morgan, Janet further explained her relationship with her father,
He has his issues, his things, and the way that he was brought up. He’s set in his ways. I think he did the best that he could. I think he did a wonderful job with us, the outcome. But the way he went about it, I don’t know if I agree with that. But we turned out okay.
My father means well. I think he means well and wants nothing but the best for his kids. I just think the way he went about certain things wasn’t the best way. But it got the job done. And that’s because of maybe how he was raised, doing what he thought was best. Not knowing any better.
I used to feel [sad we weren’t closer]. Not anymore. It would have been nice. I used to go over to a friend’s house, when mother would let me go, and I’d see the relationship they had with their father. How they called him ‘Dad’ and would sit on his lap. I wished our relationship was different but I know that he loves me. There’s no question about it. I know that he loves me and he’s told me before.
At the Radio Disney Awards last week (June 22), while being honored with the Impact Award, Janet spoke about her father saying,
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.
Joe is survived by daughters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet; sons Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy; wife Katherine and more than a dozen grandchildren. Michael passed away in 2009.
By: Miss Johnson P