Joe Jackson, the man who fathered Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and deployed an iron will to turn his supremely gifted children into a culture-shifting music powerhouse, died early yesterday. He was 89. A tweet from one his grandsons confirmed his death. Randy Jackson Jr, the son of Randy Jackson who was an original member of the Jackson 5, paid tribute to "the king that made everything possible." "RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa," he posted. Jackson had been ill for some time with an officially undisclosed condition, and had grown increasingly frail. His most recent public appearance was at the BET Awards in 2015, when daughter Janet accepted the Ultimate Icon Award.