Joe Jackson, who guided his children to pop stardom in the Jackson 5 during the 1970s and spent the rest of his life fending off allegations of abusive parenting, has died. He was 89.
The Associated Press reported his death, citing an unnamed family source who did not provide additional details. He had received treatment for pancreatic cancer, according to People magazine.
A former crane operator at U.S. Steel Corp., Jackson led his family out of poverty in Gary, Indiana, when he founded the soul-inspired quintet with sons Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Michael. The group, signed by Motown Records, dominated the music charts for much of the decade with its blend of funk, soul and R&B on hits such as “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.”