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Joseph Jackson is best known for being the father of of international pop superstar Michael Jackson.
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However, tensions within the group also caused deep rifts within the family. Joseph was a strict disciplinarian, and reports of his abusive nature began leaking into the press. In 1979, Joseph's son Michael fired his father as his manager, and took over control of his own career. The rest of the Jackson brothers would follow suit in 1983.
Joseph's personal life also began to suffer. His wife publicly denounced him after another woman gave birth to his daughter. Katherine filed for divorce twice, but eventually dropped both cases. In 1993, he son Michael spoke out against him on the popular Oprah Winfrey show, detailing the physical and mental abuse he endured from the hands of his father throughout his childhood. This issue split the Jackson siblings, many of whom claimed abuse and several of whom claimed it never occured.
On June 25, 2009, his son, pop icon, Michael Jackson suddenly died. Michael's will listed his mother as guardian of his three children. His father, Joseph, received nothing from his estate.
Currently, Joseph lives in California with his wife, Katherine. In his most recent project, Jackson says he will be hosting a boot camp for aspiring hip-hop artists.
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