Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the legendary Jackson family, was laid to rest this past Monday in the same place where his son, Michael Jackson, was laid to rest nearly a decade ago. Janet Jackson and her son, Eissa Al Mana, were two of many loved ones in attendance to pay their final respects.
Mr. Jackson’s funeral service took place at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California. The family’s patriarch succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer last Wednesday.
“This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication,” Prince Jackson shared on his Instagram page shortly after news of Joe Jackson’s death hit mainstream media. “He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family,” Michael Jackson’s oldest son revealed. “You taught me to take pride in the Jackson name and what it really means, you taught me dedication in the face of adversity and most of all you showed me strength and fearlessness. There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.”
Randy Jackson, Jr., also paid tribute to his grandfather. “RIP to the king that made everything possible,” he tweeted. “I love you, grandpa.”