One member of the musical Jackson family was noticeably absent on Monday when Jackson 5 patriarch Joseph Jackson was buried in the same cemetery as his son Michael Jackson.

Joseph lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on June 27. He was 89. Joe had been ill for some time before the family announced his terminal illness to the public.

The extended Jackson family and friends, including eight of Joe’s 11 children, gathered for a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to lay Joe Jackson to rest.

But Joe’s third eldest son Jermaine, 63, was not in attendance.

via — According to a source, HipHollywood has learned exclusively that Jermaine Jackson is in Europe and may not make it back in time to attend the funeral. Jermaine performed with his brothers in Detroit on the 22nd of June before leaving the country. According to the source, some of the family were caught off guard by how quickly the ceremony was planned, but Jermaine apparently is the only one who did not make it to Los Angeles in time for the funeral.

Jackson 5

Jermaine, pictured 2nd from right in 1971, was the original lead singer of the famed Jackson 5 in the mid-1960s. At age 11, Jermaine was forced to share his microphone with the family’s emerging star, his 7-year-old brother Michael, pictured center.

When Jermaine’s voice changed a few years later, 10-year-old Michael took over the lead for good.

With Joseph’s tough guidance, The Jackson 5 became the first American recording act to have their first 4 singles reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Joe’s eldest son Jackie shared Instagram photos of his twins, Jaylen and River, preparing for the funeral.


My Jay man

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Gathered at Havenhurst and then at Forest Lawn along with Jackson cousins. SWIPE

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Eissa at his grandpa Joe’s funeral today.

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Photos by BACKGRID, Right On magazine