Dad Fears ‘Foul Play’ in Michael Jackson Death

Tells ABC News' Chris Connelly That a Second Autopsy Seeks Answers, Adds He 'Couldn't Believe What Was Happening' as Son Was Stricken

By MICHAEL S. JAMES with CHRIS CONNELLY
July 9, 2009 —

Joe Jackson suspects "foul play" may have been involved in the sudden death of his son, Michael Jackson, he told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

In fact, the 79-year-old Jackson family patriarch was dumbfounded as he learned his 50-year-old son was being rushed to the hospital after collapsing at home on June 25, he told ABC News' Chris Connelly in an exclusive interview at the Jackson family compound in Encino, Calif.

"I just couldn't believe what was happening to Michael," he said.

"I do believe it was foul play," Jackson added. "I do believe that. Yes."

Watch the first part of Chris Connelly's exclusive interview with Joe Jackson Thursday on "Nightline." Then tune in for more Friday on "Good Morning America" and Tuesday, July 14, 2009, on "Primetime: Family Secrets."

Speaking amid floral tributes to the late King of Pop, Joe Jackson said he wanted to know why Michael died so suddenly. He added that a second autopsy on his late son commissioned by the Jackson family has yet to reveal any answers.

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