Joe Jackson, the patriarch and former manager of the musical Jackson family, died Wednesday at the age of 89 at a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with terminal cancer.
"Spending those last few moments with you were everything. Being able to tell you everything I needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing," Paris Jackson said on Instagram as part of a lengthy tribute that captioned an image of her hand holding her grandfather's from a hospital bed.
Paris Jackson's tribute included her thoughts on how everyone in the Jackson family loved her grandfather while she also touched on his legacy as the one who helped form the Jackson 5, Michael's solo career and the solo career of Janet Jackson.
"I will cherish every moment with you til the day I die, especially our last moments. Being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you'll ever know. Quoting advice you gave me when I was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way," she continued before promising that she will continue to share his story.
RIP The HAWK. Joseph Jackson. spending those last few moments with you were everything. being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. everyone that came to visit you, came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you. proud of you, proud to be your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, proud to have your strength and share the dynasty you spent your life creating, and proud to be a jackson. you are the first true jackson. the legend that started it all. none of us would be anywhere near where we’re at if it weren’t for you. you are the strongest man i know. your life’s work will go down in history, as will you, to be known as one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live. i will cherish every moment with you til the day i die, especially our last moments. being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you’ll ever know. quoting advice you gave me when i was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way. i made you promise me you’ll come visit me. you agreed and i’m going to hold you to it. and i promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. to never be forgotten. my great grandchildren will know who joseph jackson is. i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can’t describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i’ll see you in my dreams very very soon.Advertisement
Joe Jackson shared nine children together with this wife Katherine including Maureen, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy Sr., Janet and Michael -- who died at the age of 50 in 2009. Joe Jackson is also the father of Joh'Vonnie Jackson from an extramarital relationship.
He helped form and manage the Jackson 5 which consisted of Jermaine, Jackie, Tito Marlon and Michael. The band found success with hit songs including "I Want You Back" and "ABC," among others.
Joe Jackson then managed Michael with his solo career starting with 1979's Off the Wall with Michael cutting ties with his father following the release of legendary album Thriller in 1982, the same year Joe Jackson launched Janet's musical career. Janet would also separate herself from her father professionally by 1986.