Janet leads mourners at father Joe’s private funeral service

Janet Jackson wears all black as she leads mourners at her father Joe’s private funeral service at the same cemetery as her brother Michael’s mausoleum, one week after the controversial family patriarch’s death from pancreatic cancer

  • Janet Jackson led mourners Monday at her father Joe’s private funeral service
  • The service was held at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California. A public gathering is expected to follow
  • The family patriarch died from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 89 last Wednesday 
  • His health was said to be on a decline in recent months – but got worse days before his death  
  • His estranged wife Katherine decided to move Jackson into hospice care days prior
  • The Jackson patriarch passed alongside Katherine and other family members

Janet Jackson and mourning loved ones to the late Joe Jackson were captured in photographs gathered outside his private funeral service on Monday in California.

The patriarch of the American musical dynasty passed away last Wednesday at 89 following his recent battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

His private memorial service was held at Forest Lawn in Glendale, according to TMZ. His son and King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was laid to rest at the memorial park back in 2009.

The family announced a public ceremony in Los Angeles would also be held in honor of the late musical manager, but did not provide details on a specific place and time.

A family source told DailyMail.com last week the Jackson patriarch faded into unconsciousness last Tuesday, and died the following day alongside his wife Katherine.

The source said Katherine decided to move Jackson into hospice care days prior, when his health took a drastic decline.

It seems Jackson had been ill for months but became worse over the course of two weeks before his cancer death.

Janet Jackson (circled) is seen Monday at her father, Joe Jackson’s private funeral service in Glendale, California

Family and close friends donned all black for the private ceremony at Forest Lawn in Glendale

The family announced another ceremony for the public would also be held in honor of the late musical manager in Los Angeles in coming days. Guests are pictured above at the private funeral service Monday

The eldest brother in the Jackson family, Jackie, shared this photo of himself and his son to Instagram Monday

Joe Jackson (pictured in March 2018 in West Hollywood, California) passed away last Wednesday after his pancreatic cancer battle

Janet Jackson led mourning loved ones to Joe’s private funeral service. Joe Jackson was buried at Forest Lawn in Glendale, where Michael Jackson was laid to rest in 2009. Janet and Michel are pictured together in this undated photo

Janet is seen with her father in Los Angeles in 2000. The family will hold another service to the public to honor Joe

Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Los Angeles, California is pictured in August 2009. Joe Jackson was buried at Forest Lawn Monday

Jackson had been in a 69-year rocky relationship with his estranged wife Katherine, whom he had 10 children with – including Janet and Michael. 

He fathered a love child, Joh’Vonnie Jackson, with mistress Cheryl Terrell in August 1974.

Katherine filed for divorce in March of 1973, more than one year before Joh’Vonnie was born.

Jackson was accused of having multiple extramarital affairs during his marriage to Katherine. He was also accused of sexual, physical and emotional abuse by his children.

The allegations surfaced in the 1980s and 1990s. His daughter, La Toya wrote in her memoir in 1991 that her father sexually abused her as a child. 

‘When your father gets out of bed with your mother and gets into bed with his daughter and you hear the mother saying, “No, Joe, not tonight. Let her rest. Leave her alone, she’s tired”, that makes you crazy,’ she wrote.

While speaking with Oprah Winfrey in a 1993 interview, Michael Jackson opened up about the alleged abuse he and his siblings suffered during their childhood and in The Jackson 5.

Michael said the family was ordered to constantly rehearse and once recalled his father sitting in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his brothers practiced.

‘If you didn’t do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you,’ Michael said. 

His family still paid heartful tribute to the late patriarch on social media following news of his death.

Taj also shared a tribute to Jackson on Instagram, writing: ‘The Jackson legacy would not exist without you’ 

But La Toya was one of the first to pen a tribute to her father on Twitter following his death 

He also later thanked those who had shown ‘love and support’ after Jackson, 89, passed away from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

Prince Jackson, Michael’s 21-year-old son, called Jackson an ‘example of sheer will power and dedication’

Jackson’s grandson Randy, the son of Randy Jackson, also shared a tribute to the patriarch 

La Toya Jackson took to Twitter to tell her father ‘I will always love you!

‘You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world,’ she wrote.  

‘I am extremely appreciative of that, I will never forget our moments together and how you told me how much you cared. #RIP Joe Jackson.’ 

Prince Jackson, Michael’s 21-year-old son, called Jackson an ‘example of sheer will power and dedication.’

Prince wrote on Instagram: ‘He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest, but he chose the path that was best for his family,’ he said, sharing a photo of himself with Jackson.

‘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.

La Toya Jackson (pictured with her father and sister Janet in 1983) had also made claims in the past that he molested her when she was a child 

Michael, Randy and Jermaine of the Jackson 5 pose for a portrait with their parents in 1970

Stories of Jackson’s abuse began to leak into the media in the 1980s, but he suffered the biggest blow to his life and career when Michael spoke to Oprah Winfrey in 1993. Jackson and Michael are pictured here in 1973 

He spoke of being forced to constantly rehearse, and once recalled his father sitting in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his brothers practiced. The pair are pictured here in 2005 

‘There is and never will be someone like you. Fly free and until we meet again The Hawk.’ 

Jackson’s grandson, Randy, also shared a tribute to the patriarch and said: ‘RIP to the king that made everything possible!!! I love you grandpa.’

Over the past week, members of the Jackson family were said to be in a squabble over which relative would fund the funeral services.

Jackson’s 20-year-old model granddaughter, Paris Jackson, reportedly offered to pay, calling her grandfather a ‘legend’ who ‘should be treated as such,’ a family source said in a statement to RadarOnline.

‘Janet has said she’ll pay for it because she believes Paris paying for it would be an embarrassment to the family.’

Paris said last month she was snubbed over an invite to the BillBoard Music Awards where Janet was receiving an Icon award.

The family feud is said to have stemmed from an ongoing battle over Michael’s estate. 

Joe Jackson called for an end to the family feud and once said there are ‘too many folks fight against this family, we don’t need to fight with each other.’

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