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On the day of the 9th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, his father Joe Jackson is opening up about his terminal cancer battle.

The pop music patriarch on Sunday alluded to his health in a cryptic tweet, writing, “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’s tweet 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.

TMZ says, Joe has been battling the illness “for some time,” ….  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.