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Mom says Jackson feared for his life

New York -- Michael Jackson's mother Katherine says the U.S. pop singer told her before he died last June that people wanted him "gone."

The 80-year-old matriarch of the Jackson dynasty of artists gave an exclusive television interview to NBC's "Dateline," which is to be part of an anniversary special called "Michael Jackson: A Mother's Story."

It is set to air Friday, the first anniversary of Michael's death from an anesthesia overdose at the age of 50.

"He told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead," Katherine Jackson said in the "Dateline" interview. "He would always say that. And for him to say that, he must have known something … . It's just some of the mean, evil, vicious people didn't want him around for some reason. They're greedy."

The grieving mother said she last saw her son about a week and a half before he died.

"We had a really good time together," she recalled. "Those are my fond memories of him because I never looked at him after he passed … . I wanted to remember him smiling and laughing and having a good time the last time I saw him."

Asked what she would say to Michael if she could see him again, Katherine replied, "My goodness, I'd have so much to (say) ... but the main thing I'd want to know is what really happened?"

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