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Source: Afro Newspaper/Gado / GettyJoe Jackson, the head of the Jackson clan once said to push his children to succeed beyond their limits and the father of Michael, Janet and their eight siblings and the architect of the Jackson 5, has died, according to TMZ. He was 89.

Jackson died early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles reportedly following a battle with cancer. TMZ reported June 22 that Joe Jackson had been battling cancer “for some time” but it was “at the end stages” and could not “be treated.”

It was also on that same day at the Radio Disney Awards, where Janet Jackson was honored with the Impact Award, but also paid tribute to her dad after news broke of his condition. “

May we keep the family in our prayers.