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Joe Jackson, Creator of Jackson 5, Is Near Death

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The man who created the Jackson family's musical dynasty is near death in the hospital, reports TMZ. Joe Jackson, 89, is in the final stages of terminal cancer and receiving final visits from family members.

Variety confirms the news. Decades ago, Jackson was the architect of the Jackson 5, featuring young son Michael and siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, at least originally.

Joe Jackson has had a notoriously rocky relationship with various family members at times and was accused of abusive behavior toward his kids. Though the family got its musical start in Gary, Indiana, the elder Jackson has lived in Las Vegas for a while now.

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