Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, and other Jackson family members react to the death of patriarch Joe (updated)

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Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson died Wednesday at the age of 89. The co-executors of Michael Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain, confirmed his death, reportedly from pancreatic cancer, in a statement in which they offered “heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family.”

The family is slowly starting to speak out about the man, nicknamed “The Hawk,” who ushered the Jackson 5 to superstardom and championed the solo careers of icons Michael and Janet Jackson. However, Joe Jackson leaves a complicated legacy due to his heavy-handed tactics — with his children and others he did business with along the way. Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, accused his father of physical abuse while Joe Jackson was managing the careers of him and his siblings (Joe Jackson had 11 children), but also said he believed that the methods were instrumental to his success.

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Joe Jackson and his daughter La Toya Jackson pose in Las Vegas on June 9, 2011. She is one of the family members sharing an online tribute to the controversial talent manager. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Jackson and his daughter La Toya Jackson pose in Las Vegas on June 9, 2011. She is one of the family members sharing an online tribute to the controversial talent manager. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael’s children were some of the first to publicly pay tribute to their late grandfather. Paris Jackson posted a touching message that recalled their final moments together — as well as a photo of them holding hands while he was in his hospital bed.

RIP The HAWK. Joseph Jackson. spending those last few moments with you were everything. being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. everyone that came to visit you, came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you. proud of you, proud to be your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, proud to have your strength and share the dynasty you spent your life creating, and proud to be a jackson. you are the first true jackson. the legend that started it all. none of us would be anywhere near where we’re at if it weren’t for you. you are the strongest man i know. your life’s work will go down in history, as will you, to be known as one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live. i will cherish every moment with you til the day i die, especially our last moments. being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you’ll ever know. quoting advice you gave me when i was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way. i made you promise me you’ll come visit me. you agreed and i’m going to hold you to it. and i promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. to never be forgotten. my great grandchildren will know who joseph jackson is. i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can’t describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i’ll see you in my dreams very very soon.

A post shared by Paris-Michael K. Jackalope (@parisjackson) on Jun 27, 2018 at 4:51pm PDT

Prince Jackson, Michael’s elder son, said his grandpa “always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication.” He said Joe taught him “to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means.” He ended by writing, “Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.”

Joe’s daughter La Toya is the only one of his children to share an online tribute so far. She wrote that her dad “made us one of the most famous families in the world” and she was “extremely appreciative of that.”

She also shared a happy memory of him.

Randy Jackson Jr., one of Jackson’s grandsons (Randy’s son), shared a real throwback — Joe next to some gold records.

Jackon’s grandson and son of Tito Jackson, Taj Jackson, also shared a heartfelt tribute.

He also slammed those making insensitive remarks about Jackson’s death.

Taj’s wife, Thayana Jackson, offered her condolences.

T.J. Jackson, another of Tito’s sons, thanked Joe for protecting his family over the years.

Aspiring singer Jaafar Jackson, whose father is Jermaine, recognized his grandfather’s legacy.

The start of it all. Rest In Peace grandpa I love you

A post shared by Jaafar Jackson (@jaafarjackson) on Jun 27, 2018 at 11:08am PDT

Another grandchild, Yashi Brown (Rebbie Jackson’s daughter), was thinking, “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.”

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