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Joe Jackson left complicated legacy, but was loved by his family

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, who died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 89, leaves a complicated legacy that is nearly impossible for anyone — least of all his own family — to neatly reconcile. On one hand, his reputation looms large as one of the most famously abusive stage dads, who exacted perfection from his sons in the Jackson 5, both physically and mentally. On the other hand, he stands out as an innovator who launched a musical dynasty, raising his family from blue-collar to iconic status.