Joe Jackson, patriarch of musical Jackson family, dies at 89

  • In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, laughs during a news conference about the construction of the proposed Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Museum, in Gary, Ind. 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)

NEW YORK — Joseph Jackson, the fearsome stage dad of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and their talented siblings, who took his family from poverty and launched a musical dynasty, has died. He was 89.

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