Joe Jackson the music manager and father of 11, died early Wednesday morning. He was 89.

The Jackson family patriarch had been battling terminal pancreatic cancer.

Grandsons Randy Jackson Jr. and Taj Jackson confirmed the news in tweets Wednesday afternoon, writing, “RIP to the king that made everything possible! I love you grandpa” and “Joe was loved by the entire family and our hearts are in pain. Let us grieve.”

Daughter LaToya added, “I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made us one of the most famous families in the world. 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”

On June 21, son Jermaine told the Daily Mail “He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long. The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days.”