Michael Jacksons estate has said they are deeply saddened by the passing of his father Joe Jackson.
The Jackson family patriarch passed away at 3:30am on 27 June at the age of 89 following a battle with cancer, and the estate of his son Michael – who passed away in 2009 – has now released a statement expressing their grief.
In a message penned by co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, John Branca and John McClain, they said: We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jacksons 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.
The pair went on to state they had developed a warm relationship with Joe over the years since the Thriller hitmakers passing, and said they will miss him tremendously.
They said: Mr. Jacksons contributions to the history of music are enormous. They were acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 in a proclamation naming him as Best Entertainment Manager of All Time; he was inducted into Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in 2014 and his son Michael acknowledged him with a Joe Jackson Day at Neverland.
We had developed a warm relationship with Joe in recent years and will miss him tremendously.
Joe handled the careers of his kids as their manager.
He had been battling his health for some time, and had been planning to see out his days at home in Vegas. However, hed become too ill to travel and died in LA.
A source previously said: He had planned to go to his home in Vegas to live out his final days, but that has not happened. Joe is very weak and getting significantly weaker. Its now a waiting game, and the end could come at any time.
Joe, suffered from diabetes and was also believed to have a form of dementia, suffered a stroke in Brazil in 2015 which left him temporarily blind.
He was hospitalised in 2016 with a high fever after falling during a routine check-up.