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Joe Jackson, patriarch of the musical Jackson family, dies

By AP | Last updated: Jul 3, 2018 - 8:20:21 PM

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NEW YORK — Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty, died June 27 at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. He was 89. Mr. Jackson was a guitarist who put his own musical ambitions aside to work in the steel mills to support his wife and nine children in Gary, Indiana. But he far surpassed his own dreams through his children, particularly his exceptionally gifted seventh child, Michael. Joe Jackson died two days after the nine-year anniversary of his son Michael’s death.