Over the weekend, his Twitter page posted the message, “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”
His daughter Janet Jackson paid homage to him at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards, saying, “My father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best I can."
Last week, news broke that Jackson was in the final stages of terminal cancer. His wife Katherine and some members of their family had been spending time with him at his bedside.
In response to his death, daughter LaToya Jackson tweeted, "I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jackson."
Michael Jackson's son Prince said in a statement, "This man is and always will be an example or sheer willpower and dedication. He didn't choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk."
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RIP Joe Jackson. A tough, uncompromising, charming & complex man who drove his children from the mean, poor streets of Gary, Indiana to global stardom. But at what cost? He made no apologies when I interviewed him in 2013: 'I did what I had to do to give them a better life.' pic.twitter.com/WCz4mXHjYM
#JoeJackson passed at 89 as the patriarch of a family that has mainstreamed our culture. He was never given the credit he deserved. He influenced the world of music with the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and others. May history correct his legacy. 📷: @GettyImages pic.twitter.com/NAlceUJaqv
THE MAN...THE FAMILY ...THE LEGEND! RIP JOE JACKSON and thank you for giving us the many gifts of talent from your family, not just to our community on a whole...but to the ENTIRE WORLD!!! #RIP pic.twitter.com/uOfKXQV4mP