Mom: Michael Jackson Feared People “Wanted Him Dead”

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Katherine Jackson says that her world-famous son Michael feared for his own life before passing away at age 50 last year.

"He told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead," Katherine, 80, says in an interview airing on a Dateline special Friday, the one-year anniversary of Michael's death.

"He would always say that. For him to say that, he must have known something," she speculates in the special, entitled Michael Jackson: A Mother's Love.

"Some of the mean, vicious people didn't want him around for some reason," she adds. "They're greedy."

Now the legal guardian of Michael's kids Paris, Prince and Blanket, the family matriarch tells interviewer Sonia Lowe about the last time she saw her son alive, about a week before he passed away. "We had a really good time together," she says, adding that she never looked at his body after he was pronounced dead. "I wanted to remember him smiling and laughing and having a good time the last time I saw him.

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When Lowe asks what Katherine might say to Michael if she could see him again, she replies poignantly: "I'd have so much to [say], but the main thing I'd want to know is what really happened?"

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