Jackson Family Patriarch has Passed – Joe Jackson Dies at 89-Years-Old

A Life in the Spotlight from Success to Scrutiny

Father to Michael, Janet, and the rest of the famed Jackson family, Joe Jackson passed away earlier today at the age of 89 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. As per Entertainment Tonight, "According to (a Jackson family) source, Jackson has been battling the illness for a while now and doctors recently told members of the family that he has limited time to live because the cancer cannot be treated. The Guardian reported that Jackson was "being cared for in a hospital in Las Vegas."

Married to wife Katherine since 1949 and father to seven sons and four daughters, Jackson leaves behind a family legacy that will go down in history as one of the most notorious. From The Jackson 5 – his sons' musical group which he managed (As per CNN, "At the height of their stardom, The Jackson 5 sold millions of records and had their own CBS variety show.") to the creation of his own record label, Ivory Tower International Records, Inc., Jackson was a force in the music industry, bringing a highly-recognizable face to what goes on "behind the scenes."

In a tweet, daughter La Toya wrote, "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."

Jackson leaves behind his wife and children Maureen, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, and Janet. As per People, "Joe was also the father of Joh'Vonnie Jackson, 43, the daughter of Cheryl Terrell, whom he had a 25-year-long affair with." Michael passed in '09 and Jackson also had another son, Brandon, who died shortly after birth.

CNN shared a recent tweet from Jackson from this past Sunday, "I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see. The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes."

Jackson had been known to be tough on his kids when they were young – CNN reports, "Jackson admitted that he disciplined his children physically but said he had no regrets." That said, daughter Janet was quoted, "My father, my incredible father drove me to be the best I can."

Michael Jackson's estate released a statement after his death: "We are deeply saddened by Mr. Jackson's passing and extend our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Katherine Jackson and the family," said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the estate. "Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom."

Rest in peace and condolences to the Jackson family.

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PREMIERE | Gord Downie celebrates his loved ones in "Introduce  Yerself"

In a 23 track work of art, Gord Downie stuns with the intimacy, artistry, and honesty of his final album following his passing on October 17th.

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"This is my solo record. Each song is about a person."

These words weigh heavy on me with the recent news of Gord Downie's passing. Gord suffered from glioblastoma, a brain cancer in his years, but didn't let it keep him from the things he loved. Family. Friends. And of course- music. My mouth gaped a little more as each of the twenty-three tracks on Gord Downie's new double album Introduce Yerself unfolded. An album is a major feat and accomplishment. As listeners we don't always know what goes into the creation of even just a single. The writing sessions, the recording sessions, the strategic planning of the release, and discussions afterward. Learning about Gord Downie's process had me in complete awe. Recording Introduce Yerself in just two four day sessions seems insane, but Downie was no newcomer. Gord Downie began his career when he met Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Davis Manning, and Gord Sinclair at Kingston High School. Soon later, they would become The Tragically Hip, gaining popularity throughout Canada first playing at local bars and quickly rising to fame thanks to their discovery by Bruce Dickinson of MCA Records at The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Three years after the band formed, saxophone player Davis Manning left the band and guitarist Paul Langlois joined, creating The Tragically Hip as we know it. The band gained popularity notorious for Downie's animated stage presence. After working with The Tragically Hip for almost two decades, Gord Downie embarked on his first solo project in 2001.

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While Gord Downie has always been known to make his music very personal, Introduce Yerself, his sixth and final studio album, feels special. Perhaps a love letter or goodbye to twenty three important people in his life; it feels intimate. The album overall takes a cinematic tone. The music is mellow but magnetic. The synth and guitar sections collaborate and swell together while the detailed nuances of each song differ and create a unique tone for each track. Each different song is a story, a memory Downie has graciously shared with us, but the lyrics all have one thing in common: honesty. From the more obviously pointed like, "My First Girlfriend," a sweet sentiment about the memory and forever relevance of your first love to the more obscure like "The Road," a song that feels like frustration, there are layers and layers of moments, lessons, and realizations within the double album.

While the album is of course incredibly personal and written from the perspective of someone who has lived a full life, someone who had to come to terms with the very thing we all shove under the carpet, it's incredibly relatable. This is a testament to Gord's talent for connecting with people that he has been celebrated for since the beginning of his career. Though this album is amazing and I know that I will have a different favorite track every time I listen, "A Better Ending," is in the spotlight for me right now. The instrumentation creates a dizzying tension. The lyrics are ominous but peaceful all the same. Just before the track, comes "Snowflakes" a more light-hearted. Though reflective much like the entirety of the album it recalls a snowy day. It makes you think of how a memory can embed itself in your mind and touches on the things we really pick up on. While there may be lapses in specifics like names and dates, the sensation and the connection with your loved ones is something to hold onto. Downie released a trailer to announce the release of his double album.

Watch the trailer here.

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Gord Downie was not only a music icon in Canada but a philanthropist. Gord's early philanthropical work was directed toward saving the environment. His efforts later on in life were directed toward the indigenous people of Canada that are unrepresented. This past summer, Downie spoke at Me to We with Justin Trudeau acknowledging the importance of the youth in Canada to come together to create "the new 150 years."

Watch behind the scenes coverage here.

Canada was undoubtably grief struck from the news of Gord Downie's passing. On October 18th following his passing, radio stations played his music along with the music of his band The Tragically Hip. Justin Trudeau released a tribute statement on his website. Townspeople in Downie's native Bobcaygeon, Ontario held a candlelight vigil in memory of the musician. Fans are petitioning on for a Gord Downie Day to be recognized in honor of his accomplishments, philanthropic impact, and to raise awareness and funding for research on the brain cancer that took Gord's life. Other famed Canadians took to Twitter and otherwise to express their grief and condolences of the loss of such a great man.

Stream "Introduce Yerself" here.

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shannen doherty talks breast cancer battle—actress is opening up about her heartbreaking ordeal in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight

Shannen Doherty is opening up about her battle with breast cancer in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight.

The interview, which is guaranteed to be a tearjerker, airs Monday—you can watch preview video right here on Popdust.

As previously reported, the 45-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer back in February 2015.

She went public with her diagnosis last August, and earlier this week she posted photos of herself on Instagram, shaving her head, following hair loss during her chemo treatments.

In the emotional interview, Doherty reveals that she recently suffered a health "set back" and admits:

It's hard.

I started thinking that I wasn't going to live...

I don't look past today.

She goes on to express concern about not looking like herself, but says she's trying to keep as positive an attitude as possible.

Doherty shares:

I don't know if I'll ever look like me again.

I want to believe that if I fight, I'm gonna be OK.

Back in February, Doherty revealed the heartbreaking news that her treatment prevents her from getting pregnant.

The 90210 alum married photographer Kurt Iswarienko back in 2011, and she says they were both eager to be parents.

However, fate stepped in, and she admitted during an interview with Dr. Oz that her medication prevents her from getting pregnant.

During the sit down, Doherty also revealed that her oncologist wanted her to undergo chemo and drug treatment to see if it would shrink the tumor she has prior to surgery.

She went on to share that she had yet to decide what kind of surgery she would ultimately undergo:

It's between two of them and at the end of the day it will be up to my doctor and it could change the last minute.

I'm actually going to a center, just to sort of get their general opinion and then I head back to LA and instantly go in with my doctors.

You know, I'm like, "You guys make the final decision.

What would you do if it was your wife? What would you do if it was your daughter?

The plan is to block production of the hormone estrogen, which can accelerate the growth of breast tumors.

Doherty also discussed the possibility of undergoing a mastectomy, telling Dr. Oz:

They're just breasts.

In the grand scheme of things, I would rather be alive and I would rather grow old with my husband.

But, it's not all doom and gloom.

Doherty said her diagnosis has forced her to take better care of herself, and to focus on remaining positive:

I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life.

I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.

You worry most about the people that you love and making sure that they are going to be okay.

For me, that was the hardest part.

Meanwhile, Doherty is urging other women to be vigilant and to get regular check-ups.

Stressing that when it comes to cancer diagnosis, time is of the essence:

You have no idea what that extra time might have afforded you.

Mine for instance spread to a lymph node or two.

It might not have spread ...
The most important thing is catching it as early as humanly possible.

Scroll down to watch the Shannen Doherty talks breast cancer battle video.

And tune in to ET Monday night to watch the whole interview.

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Shannen Doherty was forced to reveal she is battling breast cancer last August after TMZ despicably outed her as having the disease.

The website obtained details of a lawsuit the Beverly Hills 90210 star had taken out against her former business manager, Tanner Mainstain. She alleged that he didn't pay her health insurance premium and her cover lapsed, meaning she avoided attending regular doctors' check ups until it was reinstated. She argues that had she visited a doctor during that time, her breast cancer would have been diagnosed earlier.

Earlier this year on the Dr Oz Show the actress revealed that she has not had surgery yet to remove the mass. Her oncologist wanted her to undergo chemotherapy combined with other drug treatment first to see if her tumor should shrink. She is committed to having surgery but is unsure at this time what exactly it will entail.

The drug regime means that she is unable to get pregnant—something she had hoped for with her husband of four years, Kurt Iswarienko. She revealed she has come to terms with having a mastectomy and her husband said that her battle has strengthened their marriage;

"For us, it has brought us closer together. It's one of those times you get to test your mettle as a married couple."


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Doherty spoke to Fairfax Media last month, but declined to give any further update as to how her treatment was progressing.

However, yesterday she has bravely posted a series of photographs on her Instagram account showing one of the most harrowing parts of her journey through her treatment—losing her hair.

The 45 year old actress was supported by her friend Anne Marie Kortright and her mother, Rosa, sharing six heartbreaking images as she went through the process of shaving her head.

A couple of hours before posting the series of black and white pics, she revealed model pal Kortright had arrived fully prepared for the task.

Doherty then started the process, clearly upset at the beginning, but remaining positive as she posed for selfies with her supporters—bravely managing to smile.

She said last month how grateful she was for the support from her fans;

"The love and the prayers have been absolutely wonderful and supportive and so encouraging. I really do appreciate it."

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This teen terminally ill mom prom date story proves kindness is absolutely everything

A teenager took his terminally ill mom to his prom as his date.

And by doing so, very likely—albeit unintentionally—guaranteed himself hot tail for the rest of his life.

Because, if there’s one thing hot chicks dig it’s guys who love, and look after, their moms.

Just ask any rapper out there.

Us Weekly reports that Kerry Huffaker was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer last November.

And not just any old brain cancer—Kerry was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme—the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer.

When diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme at stage IV, even with an aggressive treatment regime, the average life expectancy is 14.6 months.

But, as people have proved time and time again, miracles can happen—scientific breakthroughs can suddenly be made, and doctors and statistics can be proved wrong.

And, Kerry is bravely battling hard, with the full support and love of husband Warren, and 17-year-old son, Dylan.

However, not surprisingly given her diagnosis, Huffaker thinks about the possibility of her not being around for her son in the future.

She tells US Weekly:

It’s hard not to think about the things that you’re going to miss.

A few weeks ago, I asked Dylan, ‘Who is going to dance with you when the mom is supposed to dance with the son at his wedding?’

Well, it seems that question set the teen to thinking.

And, he came up with the most beautiful, generous, kind and just… bloody lovely....surprise for his mom.

Kerry was undergoing yet another round of treatment at the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, when Dylan unexpectedly walked in with a box of donuts.

Because, apparently, donuts are the only food Kerry can stand to eat after chemo—and this is a kid who clearly pays attention to detail.

These weren’t just any old donuts either….these were seven donuts—individually worded—that when placed together read:

Will you go to prom with me

Oh, this kid is GOOD!

But wait, it just gets better, as Kerry explains:

I got emotional and he got emotional.

I said, ‘You don’t want to take your old, bald-headed mom to the prom!’

And he said, ‘Absolutely, I do. She’ll be the prettiest one there.’


Kerry says she’s struggled with self-confidence following her chemo-related hair loss, and admits, “It took a couple of weeks before I could look in the mirror without seeing a monster.”

However, things changed on the night of the prom:

[Dylan] took both my hands in his hands and he said, ‘I’ve never, ever seen you look more beautiful than you do tonight, Mom.’

I’d never felt more beautiful in my entire life.

And because Dylan is Dylan, he went all out—looking handsome in his tux, he proudly took his mom—who did look absolutely beautiful—by the hand, and escorted her out of the car to dinner.

Then on to the dance.

Where, because Dylan is Dylan, he had arranged for the DJ to play The Dance by Garth Brooks, so they could have that dance together she was so worried she would miss in the future.

And, if you’re not tearing up at this point then we don’t know what’s wrong with you.

Kerry certainly was. She says:

All I could think about was that he had the emotion and the tenderness of coming up with this, so his mom could experience something that she’s not going to be here for.

It settled my heart, because I know I would probably get the same exact feeling if I had the opportunity to dance with him at his wedding.

This was as close as I could have gotten.

Go to the American Brain Tumor Association website to find out more about glioblastoma multiforme, and how you can donate to help research.

And never forget: Kindness is everything.

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×Tech Billionaire Sean Parker Donates Millions To Cancer Research

When he gives, he certainly gives....

sean parker donates cancer research—Parker made his billions with Napster, was the first President of Facebook and has long been a generous philanthropist

Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker has donated $250 million to cancer research treatment, it has been announced today.

Parker made his billions as the founder of Napster and he was also the first President of Facebook and he has long been a generous philanthropist.

Under the umbrella of The Paker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the grant will be spread among six cancer centers across the US which encompasses over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers.

In an interview with Reuters, the 36 year old father of two said;

"Any breakthrough made at one center is immediately available to another center without any kind of IP (intellectual property) entanglements or bureaucracy."

This is a huge step forward, and the institute will focus their efforts on the field of cancer immunotherapy, which harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer cells.

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It makes sense for leading researchers to collaborate on their research in trying to find more effective cancer treatments, and The Parker Institute aims to speed up the process of developing new drugs by conducting joint clinical trials and holding off on licensing deals until after any drug has been approved. Profits on patented discoveries will be shared 50/50 and funneled back to the institute.

Parker gives credit to his friend Laura Ziskin, a Hollywood producer for such films as Pretty Woman who founded Stand Up To Cancer for raising his awareness of the overhaul needed in cancer research. She died of the disease in 2011 and Parker said;

"Losing Laura transformed me."