Jackson Family Thanks Fans for Support As ‘We Mourn the Loss of Our father’

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FILE – In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Joe Jackson tours his family home in Gary, Ind. Joe Jackson, the patriarch of America’s most famous musical clan has died, says a family source on Wednesday, June 27. He was 89. (AP Photo/John Smierciak, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jackson family is thanking the public for its support as they grieve the death of patriarch Joe Jackson.

The family that includes Janet, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito Jackson released a joint statement Thursday saying they mourn the loss of their father and thanking the public for respecting the family’s privacy.

“We mourn the loss of our father and celebrate the life of a man who sacrificed so much to give us the life and success we have today,” the statement said.

Joe Jackson, father and forceful mentor of the late Michael Jackson and eight surviving children, died Wednesday at age 89 at a hospice in Las Vegas.

He also leaves behind wife Katherine and dozens of grandchildren.

The family has not yet announced any memorial plans.

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