Joe Jackson, father of Michael and Janet Jackson, dead at 89

Joe Jackson died on Wednesday, a Jackson family source confirmed to ET.  He was 89.

ET confirmed last week that the Jackson family patriarch's health had taken a turn for the worse and his family was gathering to say their goodbyes. 

A Jackson family source told ET that he was in a Las Vegas hospital with terminal cancer. According to the source, Jackson has been battling the illness for a while now and doctors recently told members of the family that he has limited time to live because the cancer cannot be treated.

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American singer Michael Jackson poses with his parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson at the Golden Globe Awards, 1973. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1970: R&B quintet 'Jackson 5' pose for a portrait with their youngest brother Randy and father Joe. Clockwise from bottom left: Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Joe Jackson (front). (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1972: R&B quintet 'Jackson Five' pose for a portrait with their father and younger brother Randy who would later join the band to replace Jermaine in 1972 in Los Angeles, California. (L-R) Tito Jackson, Joseph 'Joe' Jackson, Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Pop singer and actress Janet Jackson attends the R&B Awards with her father Joe Jackson and sister LaToya Jackson (left) on February 4, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Joe Jackson during Jackson Family Sightings - Circa 1984, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 12: Reverend Al Sharpton and Joe Jackson poses for photos during The Jacksons 'Victory Tour' pre-party at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois in October 12, 1984. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
In a hotel room during the 1984 Democratic National Convention, American sibling pop singers Marlon (left) and Michael Jackson (second right), along with their father Joe (right), attend a press conference with politician Jesse Jackson, San Francisco, California, mid July, 1984. Jesse Jackson was a hopeful for the Democratic presidential nomination, though he lost to Walter Mondale.. (Photo by Robert R. McElroy/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson attend Fifth Annual American Cinema Awards on January 30, 1988 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 8: Joe Jackson and Jackie Jackson attend BMI Michael Jackson Awards Gala on May 8, 1990 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Katherine Jackson and Joe Jackson (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Katherine Jackson et son mari Joe, les parents de Michael Jackson, lors d'une conf�ence de presse �Paris en novembre 1991, France. (Photo by ARNAL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Joe Jackson during 'MTV Icon: Janet Jackson' at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Joe Jackson & Chrystal Marvin during Downtown Los Angeles Gold's Gym Grand Opening at Gold's Gym & Body Spa in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. P. Aussenard/WireImage)
SANTA MARIA, UNITED STATES: US pop star Michael Jackson(C) arrives with his father Joe Jackson (R), lawyer Brian Oxman (L) and members of his personal security detail, 15 March 2005 at Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, California, for another day of testimony in his child molestation trial. Jackson's hard-hitting lawyer Thomas Mesereau, Jr seemed set to pursue 15 March his relentless attack on the credibility of the boy who claims he was molested by the star he once saw as a father figure. Mesereau was certain to capitalize on the massive blow he dealt the prosecution when he got Jackson's now 15-year-old accuser to admit he once told his school administrator the entertainer had never improperly touched him. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / Damian Dovarganes (Photo credit should read DAMIAN DOVORGANES/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Joe Jackson, the father of pop singer Michael Jackson, leaves the Marian Medical Center after a visit with his son, who is being treated for the flu February 16, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Judge Rodney Melville has delayed the singer's child molestation trial until February 22. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - MARCH 7: Singer Michael Jackson (R) and his father, Joe Jackson, gesture to supporters following proceedings at the Santa Maria Superior Court during the second week of the trial March 7, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Michael Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded innocent. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, UNITED STATES: US pop star Michael Jackson(R) arrives with his father Joe Jackson(L) at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, California, 14 March 2005 for his child molestation trial. Jackson's lead lawyer Thomas Mesereau is due to resume his tough cross-examination of the confident 15-year-old boy who claims the singer abused him two years ago. AFP PHOTO/ POOL / Carlo Allegri (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
Joseph Joe Jackson Feiert Seinen 76. Geburtstag Im Estrel Hotel In Berlin . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Joe Jackson during Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Las Vegas Premiere - After Party at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Joe Jackson during Radio One's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner Gala at JW Marriot in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 30: Joe Jackson and Rutt celebrate LaToya Jackson's birthday at Prive Las Vegas on May 30, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: In this handout photo provided by Harrison Funk/The Jackson Family, Katherine Jackson and Joe Jackson attend Michael Jackson's funeral service held at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park on September 3, 2009 in Glendale, California. Jackson, 50, the king of pop, died at UCLA Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest at his rented home on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harrison Funk/The Jackson Family via Getty Images)
Joe Jackson attends the Brenden Celebrity Suites at The Palms Casino Resort on August 29, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Joe Jackson speaks to members of the media after receiving an award at the National Action Network headquarters on October 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: Katherine Jackson (L) and Joe Jackson leave the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murrary at the Los Angeles courthouse on August 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PR - MAY 16: Joe Jackson in Press Conference announces 'Michael Jackson Forever King Of Pop' on May 16, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by GV Cruz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Joe Jackson attends the Premiere of 'Michael Kohlhaas' at The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Joe jackson attends the 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' Premiere at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 26: Joe Jackson (L) poses for his birthday celebration at 'Boujis' on July 26, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Joe Jackson attends the 2017 Soul Train Awards, presented by BET, at the Orleans Arena on November 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for BET)
Talent manager Joe Jackson attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation 26th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on March 4, 2018 at West Hollywood Park, California. / AFP PHOTO / TARA ZIEMBA (Photo credit should read TARA ZIEMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jackson was previously in the hospital in 2016 after he became weak and struck a high fever during a regularly scheduled checkup with his doctor. The brief illness sparked rumors that he was dying -- or had already died. Those rumors were quickly dispelled by Jackson himself.

He also suffered a stroke on July 26, 2015 (the same day as his 87th birthday) while traveling in Brazil.

But Jackson recovered from both illnesses, showing that despite his years, he was still tough. He referenced that toughness recently when he shared some advice for grandson Blanket Jackson in a heartfelt video: "Be like me: Be tough, in a good way, and you'll live a long time."

Joe was the father of late music legend Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009. He was also the father of four daughters -- Janet, La Toya, Rebbie and Joh'Vonnie -- and six other sons -- Jermaine, Randy, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Brandon, who died in March 1957 just after he was born. Joe was married to wife Katherine since 1949.

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CIRCA 1969: R&B quintet 'Jackson 5' pose for a portrait in circa 1969. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson poses at a hotel while on tour with Jackson 5, London, England, November 1972. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
American pop singer Michael Jackson attends the opening of the stage musical 'Dream Girls,' In Los Angeles, 1983. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Undated picture of US pop singer Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson (R) and actress Brooke Shields arrive at the shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where Jackson is expected to run away with a major part of the Grammy awards on Febuary 28, 1984. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Alan ZANGER (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009) performing on stage, circa 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
American singer Michael Jackson performing, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, UNITED STATES: American pop music star Michael Jackson sings 13 October 1988 at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland. AFP PHOTO/Luke FRAZZA (Photo credit should read LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson performs during the opening concert of the Asian leg of his 'Dangerous' world tour in National Stadium in Bangkok on August 24, 1993. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Pongsak CHAIYANUWONG (Photo credit should read PONGSAK CHAIYANUWONG/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 7: Singer Michael Jackson (R) and guitarist Slash of 'Guns and Roses' perform the opening number at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards 07 September held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Jackson and sister Janet Jackson have been nominted for 11 awards for their video 'Scream.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson performs during a concert at Vincennes hypodrome on September 13, 1992. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in on June 26 for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO/Bertrand GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) US pop star Michael Jackson waves to photographers during a press conference in Paris on March 19, 1996. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and tributes pouring in for the tortured music icon revered as the 'King of Pop.' AFP PHOTO / VINCENT AMALVY (Photo credit should read VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 7: Michael Jackson (C) performs at Madison Square Garden in New York 07 September, 2001. It was the first of two performances in New York as part of his '30th Anniversary Celebration, the Solo Years.' AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read BETH A. KEISER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 06 July, 2002, file photo shows pop singer Michael Jackson (L) waving from his limo to fans in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The child molestation trial against Jackson is scheduled to start 31 January, 2005, in Santa Maria, California. The star has denied 10 charges, including child molestation, plying a child with alcohol to seduce him and of conspiring to kidnap and falsely imprison a child and his family at his Neverland Ranch. He is free on a three million USD bail. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER/FILES (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US pop singer Michael Jackson salutes the audience after recieving the Artist of the Century Award during the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 09 January 2002. AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: US singer Michael Jackson and guitarist Dave Navaro perform during the Democratic National Committee (DNC) benefit concert, 'A Night at the Apollo', at the world-famous Apollo Theater 24 April 2002 in New York. The concert was to kick off a nationwide voter registration drive. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
404248 10: Musician Michael Jackson performs at the taping of 'American Bandstands 50th...A Celebration' television special honoring the music show April 20, 2002 in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BERLIN - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Michael Jackson holds his son eight-month-old son Prince Michael II over the balcony of the Adlon Hotel November 19, 2002 in Berlin, Germany. Jackson is in Berlin with his three children to accept a lifetime achievement award. (Photo by Olaf Selchow/Getty Images)
BERLIN - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Michael Jackson appears at the balcony of the Adlon Hotel with an unidentified child November 19, 2002 in Berlin, Germany. Jackson is in Berlin with his three children to accept a lifetime achievement award. (Photo by Olaf Selchow/Getty Images)
SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: US musician Michael Jackson holds a child 18 July in Soweto, South Africa, where he laid a wreath at the memorial for students who died in an uprising on 16 June. Jackson sang a happy birthday song to South African President Nelson Mandela at a surprise meeting with the president shortly after he arrived in the country. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 13 November, 2002, file photo shows pop singer Michael Jackson arriving inside the Santa Maria Superior Court for a trial in which he is accused of canceling concert appearances and costing the promoter several million dollars. The child molestation trial against Jackson is scheduled to start 31 January, 2005, in Santa Maria, California. The star has denied 10 charges, including child molestation, plying a child with alcohol to seduce him and of conspiring to kidnap and falsely imprison a child and his family at his Neverland Ranch. He is free on a three million USD bail. POOL/SPENCER WEINER/FILES (Photo credit should read SPENCER WEINER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Musician Michael Jackson signs autographs for fans as he arrives at his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court November 14, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The artist is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Bryan Chan-Pool/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Pop star Michael Jackson testifies during his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court on November 15, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The pop star is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Ed Souza-Pool/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - DECEMBER 4: Singer Michael Jackson testifies during the morning session of his civil trial in Santa Maria Superior Court on December 4, 2002 in Santa Maria, California. The artist is being sued for $21 million by his longtime promoter for backing out of two concerts. (Photo by Jim Ruyman-Pool/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 27: (TABLOIDS OUT) Singer Beyonce' Knowles and singer Michael Jackson, winner of the 2003 Humanitarian Award, hug onstage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort October 27, 2003 in Las Vegas, Neveda. For more information on Jackson's humanitarian efforts, go to musicforgiving.org. (Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SANTA MARIA, CA - APRIL 30: Singer Michael Jackson gestures while departing the courthouse after his arraignment on April 30, 2004 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson plead not guilty to the grand jury indictment of numerous child molestation charges. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Joe, a famous talent manager, is best known for managing his sons' musical group, The Jackson 5, originally known as The Jackson Brothers. The group, which included vocals by Michael, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, was created in the early 1960s in the family's hometown of Gary, Indiana. Their first single, "Big Boy," was released on Jan. 30, 1968 on the Steeltown Records label. They were signed to Motown Records approximately one year later.

While the group was with Motown, Joe helped The Jackson 5 reach nationwide fame with hits like "ABC," "I Want You Back," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There." In 1974, Joe created his own record label, Ivory Tower International Records. The artists he signed toured with The Jackson 5 that year, performing as the groups' opening acts during their international tour.

Joe also helped launch solo careers for both Randy and Janet. Janet, who at age 52 is still going strong on her State of the World Tour, balancing her career with being a mom to 1-year-old son Eissa.

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Joe's family journey was highlighted in the ABC mini-series, The Jacksons: An American Dream, in 1992, and in VH1's Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story in 2004. Joe was portrayed by actors Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Frederic Tucker, respectively. In 2011, Joe was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame. He received The Rhythm & Blues Humanitarian Award from the R&B Music Hall of Fame four years later.

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