Michael Jackson's father Joe blames his wife Katherine Jackson for the singer's death - because he's convinced she could have prevented his prescription drug addiction. Joe Jackson has opened up about the King of Pop's passing in an interview with a British tabloid, insisting he begged Katherine to speak to the singer and help him overcome his personal issues.
But he claims she refused to follow his request and he's adamant Michael would still be alive now if she had. Speaking to Britain's News of the World, he says, "Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset (when he died)."
"But I didn't give her a hug because I was mad at her crying. I said, 'If you had listened to me Michael would be living now!' I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong. I couldn't bottle up my feelings. Katherine didn't say a word - I had to get away from her. If she'd done what I asked Michael would be here today. I am incensed with her. She could have made a difference."
And Joe Jackson regrets not helping the "Thriller" hitmaker more: "I didn't shed any tears, but maybe I should have. I just felt furious that my son was gone. In Michael's final months alive I said to her (Katherine) many times that I couldn't get through to him - and that she needed to help her son. I had begged her to go over and stay with him, but she insisted he needed his privacy and gave him the slack she thought he needed. A child will listen to his mother more than his father - and Michael was a mummy's boy. He listened to her. I still haven't been able to talk about it to her as she doesn't want to hear what I have to say... He knew I loved him. I regret that I didn't say goodbye properly."
Additionally, Joe Jackson wishes he had forced the King of Pop to cancel his This Is It concerts last year - because he knew the gigs would be "too much" for the frail star. Michael passed away last June, shortly before he was due to embark on a mammoth multi-date residency at London's O2 arena.
The Jackson patriarch was pushing for the concert run to be reduced or scrapped altogether and even stormed out of a meeting with the singer following an argument over the excessive schedule. And Joe is full of regret because the angry exchange was the last time he spoke to his son.
He says, "Michael told me he had signed for just 15 shows, but was doing 50, and it was too much in one go. I warned Randy that Michael would be pushed to the edge. I got angry and started shouting, but Michael and his mother just sat in the corner laughing out loud. Just like Katherine, he couldn't cope with confrontations. Randy said he would look into these things, but nothing ever happened."
"After that I left the room, and I said goodbye to Michael. I told him I'd speak to him soon - but I never did. It was the last time I saw him. I wish I had made him walk away from those shows. I knew he would never make them, but I never thought he'd die."