The Jackson family are slowly speaking out on the passing of their patriarch Joe Jackson, who died Wednesday at the age of 89.
La Toya Jackson was the first to share her thoughts: “I will always love you,” she tweeted.
“You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world,” she added. “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.”
In her memorial tweet, La Toya included a YouTube link to a 2013 scene from Life with La Toya, in which Joe joins her for a business lunch. La Toya had a difficult relationship with her father, who she accused of physical and sexual abuse in her 1991 memoir. They had since reconciled.
Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, also posted a loving tribute to her grandfather, calling him “one of the greatest patriarchs to ever live.”
“Spending those last few moments with you were everything,” Paris wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. “Being able to tell you everything I needed to tell you before saying goodbye was such a blessing.”
Paris’ brother Prince Jackson also paid tribute to his grandfather: “This man is and always will be an example or (sic) sheer willpower and dedication,” Prince captioned the pic. “He didn’t choose (sic) the path that was the easiest but he chose the path that was best for his family.
Janet Jackson has not yet publicly addressed her father’s death, though she did pay tribute to him over the weekend while receiving the Impact Award at the inaugural Radio Disney Music Awards.
Janet remembered him as an “incredible father“ who “drove me to be the best I can,” she told the audience.
More of Joe Jackson’s grandkids also shared their love for him.
“We feel all the love and support from you guys and are extremely thankful,” Taj Jackson, son of Toriano “Tito” Jackson, tweeted.
Tito’s other son TJ Jackson also shared his love: “You did the unthinkable,” he wrote. “You gave your all (and the prime years of your life) to make sure your kids and your family were a success. Some people will never understand the commitment and love it takes to do what you did. My life could have been so much different if it weren’t for you.”
Randy Jackson Jr. (son of Randy Jackson) took to his Twitter to offer an homage to his late grandfather.