Joe Jackson Dead: What Michael Jackson Said About His Relationship With His Father

Joe Jackson, father of pop icon Michael Jackson and patriarch of the Jackson family, died Wednesday at the age of 89. Jackson's death followed reports that he had been battling cancer and had reached "the end stages."

Jackson was best known as the father of the Jackson family music group, which gave way to successful music careers for both his late son, Michael, and his daughter Janet.

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Joe Jackson, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film "Sils Maria" (Clouds of Sils Maria) on May 23, 2014. Jackson died at the age of 89 on June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

Following his death, two of Jackson's grandchildren took to social media to share their grief. "RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa," tweeted Randy Jackson Jr.

His grandson, Taj Jackson, criticized the comments made about his grandfather's death "by those who didn't even know him," adding, "Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness."

Jackson and his son Michael were known to have a tumultuous relationship. The pop idol spoke at length about his complicated relationship with his father.

In a 1993 interview with Oprah, Michael Jackson revealed that he feared his father.

"I don't know if I was his golden child or whatever it was," he said. "Some may call him a strict disciplinarian or whatever, but he was very strict. He was very hard. Just a look would scare…but I do forgive him."

Michael Jackson opened up about his father in a 30-hour-long conversation with Rabbi Scmuley Boteach, according to Today. The singer revealed that his father once threatened to stop loving his children if they stopped singing.

"God bless my father, because he did some wonderful things and he was brilliant. He was a genius, but one day he said, 'If you guys ever stop singing I will drop you like a hot potato.' It hurt me," he said in the 2009 interview.

The pop star, however, acknowledged that his father had changed with time.

"Time and age has changed him, and he sees his grandchildren and he wants to be a better father," he said. "It is almost like the ship has sailed its course, and it is so hard to for me to accept this other guy that is not the guy I was raised with. I just wished he had learned that earlier."

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