Paris Jackson has shared a heartbreaking tribute, following the death of her grandfather, Joe Jackson.
The 89-year-old passed away on Wednesday, after a suspected battle with cancer.
Following the news of his death, the late Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris took to Instagram to share the final moments she spent with her grandfather alongside an image of her holding his hand in the hospital.
She wrote, “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,” she continued.
“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.
She added, “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.”
Joe, who was the manager of the Jackson 5, passed away just days after the ninth anniversary of his son Michael Jackson’s death.
Joe’s daughter La Toya also paid tribute to him in a series of social media posts.
She tweeted, “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 [sic].”
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 Jacksonhttps://t.co/F5UfYjEgYx
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 27, 2018