Leave it to Joe Jackson to stir up some drama just one week ahead of the anniversary his late son Michael Jackson‘s death. In a new interview with UK tabloid News of the World, Joe recalls blaming his wife Katherine for Michael’s untimely death because she didn’t save him from his addiction to prescription drugs:

“Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset. But I didn’t give her a hug because I was MAD at her crying,” snaps Joe, 80, who says he had spent months urging her to get the singer into rehab for his prescription drugs addiction. “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.”

Joe says: “I only saw him a couple of times in his last few months – and he looked weak, thin and like he needed to get some sleep. He really never had that glow in his eyes, which he had on stage. I didn’t know that he was addicted to drugs, but something was wrong.”


“It was a fan who told me Michael was being carried out of the house on a stretcher. Then it came on the news saying that he had a heart attack,” says Joe. “I knew I needed to get to LA. But on the way I found out by phone from La Toya he had passed in the car. I felt numb and unreal.”

Devastated Joe headed to the Jackson family compound in Encino as other members said their final goodbyes to the King Of Pop in the emergency room of the UCLA hospital in Westwood. “I didn’t want to see Michael laid out on the slab like that – that was not how I would want to remember him,” he says.

“I didn’t shed any tears, but maybe I should have. I just felt furious that my son was gone.” And he focused that fury on Katherine. “In Michael’s final months alive I said to her many times that I couldn’t get through to him – and that she needed to help her son,” storms Joe. “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.”


We’re gonna need Joe Jackson to keep his mouth shut from now on and just refrain from any interviews. Rarely does he have anything good to say and most of the time it seems like it’s just for publicity. And he always sounds so stupid!! How are you gonna blame a mother for her child’s death? How heartless can you be Joe?

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