Joe Jackson Dead at 89: Paris Jackson Honors Grandfather With Somber Instagram Post
The Jackson family patriarch died of cancer Wednesday.
Paris Jackson paid tribute to her late grandfather in a poignant Instagram post that shows an image of her holding his hand in his final hours.
Joe Jackson died of cancer Wednesday and his granddaughter eulogized him on social media, calling him "The Hawk."
"Spending those last few moments with you were everything," she wrote. "Being able to tell you everything I needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing."
Her brother Prince Michael Jackson shared a photo of him with his grandfather, as well as a eulogy. He too referred to his grandfather as "The Hawk."
“This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication," he wrote. "He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest but he [chose] 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."
As Joe is remembered as the mastermind behind The Jackson Five, as well as solo careers of Michael and Janet Jackson, people are also pointing to his controversial history, including allegations of abusing the so-called King of Pop.
His daughter LaToya Jackson spoke to Inside Edition in 1991, saying her father called Michael "terrible" names like "big nose" and said "terrible" things to him, including, "Where did you get that nose from? It is so big you didn't get it from me."
Joe’s grandson Taj Jackson expressed anger that negative stories are resurfacing around Joe's passing.
"Disgusted by some of the comments I’m reading about my grandpa Joe by those who didn’t even know him," he posted on Twitter. "Please don’t just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness.”
LaToya also seemed to reconcile with her father.
She took to Twitter saying: “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."
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