27 Jun Joe Jackson Passes Away
The patriarch of the Jackson family has passed away at the age of 89, just a month shy of his 90th birthday. Joe Jackson had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was hospitalized in the final days of his life. He is reported to have been surrounded by family members at the time of his death.
Papa Joe is one of those public figures I’d describe as a revered villain. For years, Michael publicly spoke about how violent Joe was towards him and his siblings, painting an image of an unloving father who was only interested in grooming entertainers. This is all bad, but the selfish fan in me knows that we would not have the greatness that is Michael (nor Janet, for that matter) if Joe wasn’t demanding perfection from them since birth. I just wish he could’ve been less abusive or at least acknowledged the errs of his ways, which he never did.
Either way, Joe Jackson has given us more good than bad, and may his soul rest in peace.