Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson, 89, is in a Las Vegas hospital battling a terminal illness. A source confirmed to Billboard that Jackson — who helped catapult the singing sibling band The Jackson 5, led by his son, late pop icon Michael Jackson, out of Gary, Indiana, to superstardom in the1960s — is in the final stages of his cancer fight.
According to TMZ, Jackson is surrounded by his wife, Katherine, as well as some of his children and grandchildren in the hospital as he battles an illness he’s been fighting for “some time.” Last summer, Jackson was hospitalized after a car he was riding in was involved in an accident on the Las Vegas Strip. Jackson was also hospitalized in 2015 after suffering a stroke while visiting Brazil.
Born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, in July 1928 and married to Katherine since 1949, Joe Jackson is known for his iron-fisted management of the family band born out of the iconic 2300 Jackson Street address in Gary. The steelworker assembled a group initially called The Jackson Brothers that consisted of his three oldest sons, singer Jackie, guitarist Tito and bassist Jermaine, who were later joined by Marlon and Michael. Within a few years of forming, the Jackson 5 landed a contract with Motown Records and their first three singles, “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “The Love You Save,” all hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.
A spokesperson for the Jackson family could not be reached at press time for further comment on Joe Jackson’s status.