Joe Jackson’s Family Flocks to His Side as He’s Hospitalized with Terminal Cancer

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June 23, 2018

Joe Jackson — the music manager and father of 11, including singer Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson — has been hospitalized with terminal cancer, TMZ reports.

The 89-year-old Jackson family patriarch has been battling the illness “for some time,” the outlet says, but is “at the end stages” and “the cancer cannot be treated.”

Family, including wife Katherine, has been at his bedside, sources tell TMZ. Jackson’s children and grandchildren have also made visits.

On Wednesday, son Jermaine told the Daily Mail, “He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside – that’s our only intention in his final days.”

Reps for Jackson, as well as various Jackson relatives, did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Jackson last posted a video of himself on June 6, explaining that he was at Jamba Juice — where his son Michael’s music happened to be playing — and was struggling to choose what to order. “So many choices to select from,” he wrote. “With my son Michael’s music playing in the background. I wanna be starting .. drinking all three.”

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