On June 27 this year, after years of ailing health and a short battle with pancreatic cancer, the Jacksons’ patriarch Joe Jackson passed away in his home city of Las Vegas aged 89. His family, who under his stewardship now bear the most famous surname in pop culture, were by his side.
“We knew he wasn’t 100pc for a while, but he was still travelling around, doing speeches and talking to people,” recalls his eldest son Jackie, with more than a touch of sadness in his voice. “Then we got the news that he was very, very sick. The doctor found out that he had cancer of the pancreas, and he had maybe three weeks to live. That’s when he wanted to see his whole family.”