In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Joe Jackson tours the his family home in Gary, Ind. Joe Jackson, the patriarch of America's most famous musical clan has died, says a family source on Wednesday, June 27. He was 89. (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)
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Jackson was a guitarist who put his own musical ambitions aside to work in the steel mills to support his wife and nine children in Gary, Indiana. But he far surpassed his own dreams through his children, particularly his exceptionally gifted seventh child, Michael. Joe Jackson died two days after the nine-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.Michael and other siblings would allege physical abuse at their father's hands.The couple split up when Jackson was 12 .It was there that he met and married Katherine Scruse.In the 1950s, he had tried to launch his own music career as a guitarist, but he came to realize the truly gifted musicians in his family were his children.After Michael's death, Joseph Jackson sued when it was disclosed that he wasn't included in Michael's will. Michael's mother, Katherine, was given custody of Michael's three children and the money to support them. Father and son seemed to have reconciled for a time when Michael Jackson was on trial on child molestation charges. Joe Jackson is survived by his wife, his children and more than two dozen grandchildren.
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