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A strong and silent figure since her son Michael Jackson died, Katherine Jackson has spoken out for the first time, calling her son's death suspicious.
"All I know is that my son is dead, and I don't think he just died of natural causes or whatever," Katherine, 79, told Geraldo at Large
on Sunday. "He's too young for that. Something happened, I don't know what it was and I can't say."
Katherine, who was granted custody
of Michael's three children on Monday, also gave a terse update on them. "The children are doing fine," she said.
And she denies that her husband Joe Jackson – from whom Michael was estranged amid allegations that Joe beat the singer when Jackson was a child – isn't allowed to see the grandchildren.
"I don't know why they're saying he's not being allowed in the house," says Katherine, who is still married to Joe but no longer lives with him. "My husband's never done nothing of the sort that they trying to say he did 39 years ago. I don't understand that, and I just believe it's something that they cooked up."