Joseph "Joe" Jackson, leader of Jackson family, passed away from complications to terminal cancer on Wednesday (June 27) at the age of 89. Once news of his death went viral, family members, friends and longtime fans took to social media paying homage to his memory.
Jackson's children and grandchildren were among the first tributes to hit the web.
La Toya Jackson kicked off the tributes sharing video footage from her reality series Life with La Toya. "I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared," she wrote.
Jackson's grandson Taj paid homage to his late grandfather while silencing critics of his parenting skills. "Please don't just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain," he wrote on Twitter.
Prince Jackson, son of Joe's late son Michael Jackson, took to IG sharing a candid moment with his grandfather and referred to him by his family nickname. "There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk."
Other celebs like Jesse Jackson, Paula Abdul and Eddie Griffin also shared kind words on social media.
I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jacksonhttps://t.co/F5UfYjEgYx— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 27, 2018
RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa 🖤🖤 pic.twitter.com/SI1C7lUuG6— RANDY JACKSON (@randyjacksonjr) June 27, 2018
Disgusted by some of the comments I’m reading about my grandpa Joe by those who didn’t even know him. Please don't just regurgitate what you were spoon fed by the press. Joe was loved by our ENTIRE family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve without the nastiness.#ripthehawk— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 27, 2018
We feel all the love and support from you guys and are extremely thankful 🙏🏽— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 27, 2018
This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication. He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.
Where It All Began...— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) June 27, 2018
Salute To Joe Jackson (R.I.P.)
Love To The Entire Jackson Family Tree...
Iconic Legacy Greatness!!! pic.twitter.com/BptBMb6BaK
R.I.P. Joe Jackson when you called on me I made myself available to you because I respected your life’s journey.The amount of sunshine you & your family brought to our community & this planet is appreciated and https://t.co/020GMZo07j love the Jackson Family is easy as 1,2,3❤️ pic.twitter.com/O0mejhGOqg— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) June 27, 2018
I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Jackson. My heartfelt sympathy is with all the Jackson family. I wish them love, comfort and peace through their loss.— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) June 27, 2018
With My Sincerest Condolences,
Papa Joe was a regular at my Las Vegas Residency over the last 8 years because he knew how close me and Michael were. We kept each other in stitches.. Peace Love & Prayers go out to Mama Kate & the entire family 🙏🏾 #RestEasy #PapaJoe #JoeJackson #RIPJoseph #EGGC 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/6ptMnOaAIV— Eddie Griffin (@EddieGriffinCom) June 27, 2018
Joe Jackson, brother beloved, patriarch & creator of one of the most talented American musical dynasties. We will remember him as long as his family’s music plays. Offering prayers and condolences to the Jackson family. #RIP #NeverCanSayGoodbye #JoeJackson pic.twitter.com/ws7vFmeRxi— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) June 27, 2018
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