Paris Jackson Opens Up About Her Final Moments With Grandfather Joe Jackson
"Spending those last few moments with you were everything."
On June 27, Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson passed away at the age of 89 following a battle with cancer. Father of pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, he also managed The Jackson 5, which was a singing group including son Michael, as well as four of his other sons, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon. The group rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s and launched the career of Michael Jackson, who would go on to be crowned the unofficial “King of Pop.”
Michael Jackson preceded his father in death in 2009 due to a fatal overdose of a combination of prescription drugs. Now, the daughter he left behind, Paris Jackson, has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to her late grandfather:
RIP The HAWK. Joseph Jackson. spending those last few moments with you were everything. being able to tell you everything i needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. everyone that came to visit you, came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you. proud of you, proud to be your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, proud to have your strength and share the dynasty you spent your life creating, and proud to be a jackson. you are the first true jackson. the legend that started it all. none of us would be anywhere near where we’re at if it weren’t for you. you are the strongest man i know. your life’s work will go down in history, as will you, to be known as one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live. i will cherish every moment with you til the day i die, especially our last moments. being able to hold your hand, lay with you and cuddle you, give you kisses all over your cheeks and forehead, meant more to me than you’ll ever know. quoting advice you gave me when i was a little kid and seeing your eyes light up, sharing stories my dad used to tell me about you, telling a joke and hearing you laugh for the last time.. my heart is full knowing we left each other in that way. i made you promise me you’ll come visit me. you agreed and i’m going to hold you to it. and i promised you that we will keep telling your story, over and over. to never be forgotten. my great grandchildren will know who joseph jackson is. i love you grandpa. so so so much that words can’t describe. i have immense gratitude for you, and always will. we all feel that way. thank you for everything. truly. rest in peace and transition. i’ll see you in my dreams very very soon.
Alongside a photo of her hand intertwined with her grandfather’s, she described her gratitude for being able to spend his final moments with him. “Spending those last few moments with you were everything,” she wrote. “Being able to tell you everything I needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing. Everyone that came to visit you came with love, respect, and so much pride in their hearts for you. Proud of you, proud to be your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, proud to have your strength and share the dynasty you spent your life creating, and proud to be a Jackson.”
Paris went on to promise that her grandfather’s legacy would not soon be forgotten, writing, “My great grandchildren will know who Joseph Jackson is. I love you Grandpa.”
Other members of the Jackson family have also publicly mourned their loss, including Paris’ brother, Prince, who shared this photo of himself alongside his grandfather and wrote, “This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication”:
This man is and always will be an example of sheer willpower and dedication. He didn’t choose the path that was the easiest but he choose the path that was best for his family. 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.
We send our deepest sympathies to the entire Jackson family during this difficult time.