Paris Jackson Says Her Grandfather Joe 'Did Not' Share 'Beautiful' Tweet About Terminal Cancer Battle
“This is a beautiful tweet,” she wrote Sunday of a message alluding to Joe’s battle with terminal pancreatic cancer.
“Though it upsets me to see whoever is in charge of this account taking advantage of it,” Paris, 20, continued. “My grandfather did not tweet this. I’m not sure if he’s ever used this account.”
When her Twitter followers asked for more details, Paris added, “I was with him there’s no possible way for him to have tweeted it,” going on to indicate that she spent “all afternoon and evening” with her grandfather.
The daughter of the late Michael Jackson, who died nine years ago Monday, also shared love for her family, writing, “blessed to have a family that comes together the way the Jacksons do” and “thank you all for the love you’ve sent during this time.”
The post on the pop music patriarch’s Twitter account appeared to mark the first time Joe has publicly opened up about his cancer fight.
“I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” the tweet reads. “The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”
The message was accompanied by a photo of the 89 year old staring out at the ocean and holding on to a rail as the sun was setting in the distance.
As the tweet went viral on Sunday, fans sent Joe well wishes, with one Twitter user writing, “Stay strong Mr Jackson. You have brought such wonderful music into our lives via your wonderful family.”
“It’s beautiful, it’s humbling to be recognized as someone that has had a positive impact, but if I have been fortunate enough to impact others it is only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life,” Janet, 52, said in her speech.
“My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can,” she added. “My siblings set an incredibly high standard for artistic excellence… Sometimes, having an impact can be as simple as a smile, a handshake, or a hug.”
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Joe has been battling the illness “for some time,” TMZ reported on Friday, but is “at the end stages” and the “cancer cannot be treated.”
Family members, including Joe’s 88-year-old wife Katherine Jackson, have been at his bedside, sources told TMZ. Jackson’s children and grandchildren have also made visits.
On Wednesday, son Jermaine shared with 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.”
Reps for Jackson, as well as various Jackson relatives, did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Jackson last posted a video of himself on June 6, explaining that he was at Jamba Juice — where his late son Michael‘s music happened to be playing — and was struggling to choose what to order. “So many choices to select from,” he wrote. “With my son Michael’s music playing in the background. I wanna be starting .. drinking all three.”
This isn’t the first time the Jackson family patriarch has found himself hospitalized. In recent years he has battled several health setbacks — including a stay in May 2016, due to a high fever.
In November 2012, he recovered from a minor stroke at his Las Vegas home. Three years later, daughter Janet had to put rehearsals for her Unbreakable World Tour on hold when he suffered another stroke and heart arrhythmia in Brazil on his 87th birthday in July 2015.
In June 2017, he was released from the hospital after a car accident in Las Vegas.
Joe and his wife Katherine had 10 children together: Maureen, 68, Jackie, 67, Tito, 64, Jermaine, 63, La Toya, 62, Marlon, 61, Randy, 56, and Janet.
Joe is also the father of Joh’Vonnie Jackson, 43, the daughter of Cheryl Terrell, whom he had a 25-year-long affair with. Katherine filed for divorce twice but never went through with the separation.