Joe Jackson is infamous for the physical and emotional abuse he meted out to his family — from beating his son Michael to constantly cheating on his wife Katherine. Before the family patriarch died of cancer, he attemped to make amends for his horrific actions. Click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to find out more.
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Michael Jackson, who died at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009, bore the brunt of his father’s rage for years.
Marlon Jackson revealed his dad once held Michael upside-down by one leg and then “pummeled him over and over, hitting him on his back and buttocks.”
Michael revealed he became so afraid of his father just the sight of him would make him vomit.
“Joe stole Michael’s childhood, putting him on stage,” in the Jackson 5, “before he was 10, ten ground him into dust to make a star out of him,” blasted a family friend.
Michael famously made his mom Katherine the guardian of his kids — Prince, Paris and Blanket — when he died because he wanted nothing to do with his dad “Michael made it perfectly clear the kids should stay as far away from Joe and vice versa,” said an insider.
LaToya Jackson once claimed her father put her and her famous siblings’ lives in danger. “He was fascinated by guns,” she has said. “He’d put one to our heads, and there would be a bullet in the gun. He played Russian roulette, and my mother would sit there and let it happen.”
Joe publicly humiliated his wife Katherine with his string of affairs, including at least one that resulted in a love child. The couple was estranged for a time, but Katherine never followed through with a divorce from the serial cheater and she stuck by his side.
Now dying from colon cancer, as reported first by The National ENQUIRER, Jackson is desperate to make things right — even though it may be too late. “He’s told friends it’s important for him to make everything better,” a family insider said.
“Joe realizes what he’s done, and how difficult he’s been,” said the family insider. “He’s making his final peace.”
According to a source, the shunned patriarch is “isolated” and spending his final days in misery. “They don’t even consider Joe part of the family anymore.”
Even Joe’s death promises to continue tearing the Jacksons apart.“The family is fighting over the funeral,” a source exclusively told Radar, noting only Katherine, her son Jermaine and daughter LaToya would be willing to pick up the tab. “Joe was not in Michael’s will and his estate won’t pay any of the expenses.”
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