Obituary

Obituary: Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, paved the way to the late superstar's success

The business decisions of Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, paved the way to the late pop star's success

The late singer Michael Jackson (right) with his father, Joe Jackson, at the Santa Maria Superior Court during the second week of Michael's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, in 2005.
The late singer Michael Jackson (right) with his father, Joe Jackson, at the Santa Maria Superior Court during the second week of Michael's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, in 2005.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • Joe Jackson, a steelworker from Gary, Indiana, who forged a musical dynasty by launching the careers of the Jackson 5, his son Michael Jackson and daughter Janet Jackson, but whose legacy was tarnished when some of his children accused him of exploitation and abusive behaviour, died on Wednesday at a hospice in Las Vegas.

He was 89. The cause was reportedly pancreatic cancer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Dad helped launch MJ to fame'. Subscribe