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A father of 11, Jackson was famous for creating the Jackson Five, a musical group composed of his children, the most famous among them being Michael and Janet. (Source: AP Photos) A father of 11, Jackson was famous for creating the Jackson Five, a musical group composed of his children, the most famous among them being Michael and Janet. (Source: AP Photos)

(RNN) - Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of musicians, has passed away, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

He was 89.

Jackson had been plagued by poor health in his later years. He suffered a heart attack, dementia and strokes. HIs health took a turn for the worse during his battle with cancer.

Jackson was born in Fountain Hill, AR, on July 28, 1928, to Samuel Jackson and Crystal Lee King. He was no stranger to big families as he was the youngest of five children.

A father of 11, Jackson was famous for creating the Jackson Five, made up of his sons Jermaine, Marlon, Tito, Jackie and Michael. The group rose to fame in the in the 1960s and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Nine of the Jackson children have scored hits on the Billboard charts. Michael and Janet Jackson became giant pop stars as solo artists. Michael joined the Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2001.

As noted in his memoirs, Jackson’s father was “domineering” and “strict.” He earned the same reputation among his children.

He infamously subjected them to physical and mental abuse as he served as their manager. He also had a strained relationship with several family members.

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