On the Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Death, Sister Janet Pays Homage to Their Father Joe

Nine years ago, the world lost its King of Pop: Michael Jackson, a 13-time Grammy Award winner in addition to a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Eight of the Jackson siblings, their parents, and Michael’s three children survived him.

Family, friends, and collaborators step up each year to remember the Michael they knew and loved. This year, however, marks another unfortunate one for the Jackson family: their patriarch, Joe Jackson, is reportedly in the final stages of terminal cancer.

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Janet Jackson performs at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On the eve of the anniversary of her brother’s death, Janet paid homage to Joe and his battle with terminal cancer. The singer accepted the Impact Award at the Radio Disney Music Awards and delivered an acceptance speech that focused more on her family than it did her accomplishments.

“If I’ve been fortunate enough to impact others, it’s only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life,” she said. “My father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best I can. My siblings set an incredibly high standard, a high bar for artistic excellence.” Janet went on to acknowledge her young fans and influencers who demand social change and encourage her music and activism.

Joe was hospitalized with terminal cancer earlier the same week. Jermaine Jackson told The Daily Mail that the Jackson patriarch has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Joe tweeted an emotional realization

“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes,” Joe tweeted to his followers alongside a picture of himself at sunset.

His fans flooded his inbox and family with well wishes and memories of the Jackson family. “Michael is waiting for you on the other side with his arms open wide,” a fan tweeted, while another acknowledged “Music will never be the same.” Joe Jackson was known for his powerful, albeit reportedly controlling managerial style over his musically-inclined children.
Joe’s granddaughter, Paris Jackson, questioned if her grandfather uses the account at all. “This is a beautiful tweet,” she wrote, “though it upsets me to see whoever is in charge of this account taking advantage of it. my grandfather did not tweet this. I’m not sure if he’s ever used this account.”

Today marks the nine-year anniversary of Michael’s death

The pop icon shocked fans with his untimely, surprising passing. Michael reportedly went into cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009, while in the care of his personal physician.

The LA Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at Michael’s home three minutes after receiving it. They were unsuccessful in attempting to resuscitate him. Michael’s death sent the world into grief mode and the internet to a crash — the response his death was called “unlike anything since Princess Diana’s.” MTV even returned to its original video format (the station now focuses primarily on reality television) to air hours of Michael’s hit music videos.

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Michael Jackson in London the year of his death | Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Michael’s official Twitter page sent out a reminder to his fans and influencees by quoting the King of Pop. “‘You want what you create to live, be it sculpture or painting or music. Like Michelangelo, he said ‘the creator will go, but his work survives. That is why to escape death, I attempt to bind my soul to my work’…I give my all to my work. I want it to just live’ – Michael, 2007.”

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