Monday, April 15, 2024

Joseph Jackson Dead at 89, father of Michael, Janet, Jackson 5 Ruled with an Iron Fist


The word from L.A. is that Joseph Jackson is dead at age 89. He missed the anniversary of Michael’s death by two days. His family will receive condolences but the truth about Joseph is not good. He ruled with an iron fist. He was a mean son of a gun who abused his children. He hounded Michael into his grave. He cheated on his wife and produced an illegitimate daughter.

For the last two decades, Joseph and Katherine Jackson didn’t even live together as Joseph schemed ways to get money from her, from Michael, from Michael’s estate. Lovable? no. But he saw an opportunity in the 1960s to take his large family and create, basically, the first boy band. Joseph literally pulled them up and out of Gary, Indiana and made them international superstars.

Joseph, they say, died with family around him. I hope that’s true. Most of the time he was estranged from family. He had a “team” of interlopers and hustlers who helped him make money off of Michael’s legacy. In turn, the team made money off of him. It was a devil’s pact, certainly.

More to come…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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