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updated 6/25/2010 9:36:17 AM ET 2010-06-25T13:36:17

Before Michael Jackson’s death, the singer told his mother that he feared someone wanted to kill him, Katherine Jackson told “Dateline NBC.”

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“He told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead,” Katherine Jackson said in an interview airing Friday at 9 p.m. ET. “It's just some of the mean, evil, vicious people didn't want him around for some reason. They're greedy.”

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Katherine Jackson’s only television interview regarding her son’s death will be seen as part of the “Dateline NBC” special “Michael Jackson: A Mother’s Story,” televised on the one-year anniversary of the singer’s death. In a candid conversation with Sonia Lowe, Jackson discusses the many rumors surrounding the King of Pop, ranging from her son’s death to the allegations of child molestation in his past.

Jackson, who has custody of her son's three children, also discusses her grandchildren’s lives and their plans for the future. She denied the claims that Debbie Rowe, the mother of two of Jackson’s children, was ever going to take the children away, calling Rowe a “very friendly, kind, nice person.” Though she never agreed with the veils the children wore or other protective techniques that Michael Jackson strictly adhered to, Katherine Jackson said she knew the pop singer loved his kids.

“Out of all the people in Michael’s life I think Michael adored his children more than anything else,” his mother said. “And they adored him.”

Katherine Jackson’s pride in her grandchildren showed when she briefly described each of them for “Dateline NBC.”

“Paris loves the piano and she also wants to be an actress. She can pick out any song that she wants to, and especially her daddy’s songs,” Jackson said of the 12-year-old who is Michael Jackson’s second child and only daughter.

The oldest is Prince Michael, 13.

“Prince has a lot of talent also,” the 80-year-old matriarch said. “His talent is with the camera and with electronics. He wants to be a cameraman, and he wants to write movies.”

Blanket is 8 and, according to his grandmother, a born performer, just like his dad. “Blanket, he loves to sing,” she said. “He’s very young yet. he carries a tune very well and he has rhythm. And — he can dance.”

Jackson refused to look at her son's body in order to preserve the “fond memories” she had of him. She said she has happy memories of seeing Michael a week and a half before he passed away, and wanted to preserve those as her final mental images.

Jackson said the varied stories that have surfaced since Michael's death have left her wondering about the truth. In fact, it's the one thing she'd ask him about if she could see him again, she told "Dateline NBC."

“My goodness I’d have so much to (say to Michael) but the main thing I’d want to know is what really happened?” Jackson said.

Jackson's death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles county coroner despite initial reports  claiming there was no evidence of foul play or trauma. The evidence led prosecutors to believe that Jackson's cardiac arrest was due to a mix of prescription drugs that included the anesthetic propofol, which the singer had been using as a sleep-inducing agent.

Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic. Murray has pled not guilty to all charges in February, but the California Medical Board later issued an order banning him from administering heavy sedatives anywhere he was licensed in the U.S.

"I don't want you sedating people," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz told Murray at the court hearing.

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  1. A mother remembers

    Katherine Jackson, mother of pop star Michael Jackson, attends a ceremony at the family's old home in Gary, Ind., on June 25, 2010. Jackson fans worldwide paid tribute to the "King of Pop" on Friday, marking the one-year anniversary of his sudden death with candlelight vigils, music and dancing. (John Gress / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Family affair

    Tito Jackson, one of Michael Jackson's brothers, waves at fans after a private ceremony at the pop star's grave site at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, Calif., on Friday, June 25. (Gus Ruelas / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. All lit up

    A fan of the late pop star lights candles in Sofia, Bulgaria, as he commemorates the first anniversary of the singer's death. (Stoyan Nenov / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Touching her idol

    Jordyn Castor, 16, from Rockford, Mich., who is blind, touches the face of a wax figure of Michael Jackson at Madame Tussaud's Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, Calif. Castor has been a fan all her life, but never knew what the singer looked like. (Reed Saxon / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Dolled up

    A fan holds a Michael Jackson doll outside the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., where the singer is buried. (Damian Dovarganes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Worldwide love

    A Michael Jackson impersonator dances in the Ukrainian city of Odessa as fans around the world mark the first anniversary of the music icon's death. (Alexey Kravtsov / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Man in the mirror

    A Michael Jackson impersonator dances at the 02 Arena in London, where Jackson was scheduled to perform the concert series he was working on at the time of his death . (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Motown memories

    Jackson impersonator Tyuawn Brown and Julian Pavone stand outside of the Motown Museum in Detroit. The museum is featuring an exhibit on the Jackson 5. (Jeff Kowalsky / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Munich memories

    Fans bearing tattoos of Jackson's image observe a moment of silence at a memorial for the singer in Munich. (Michaela Rehle / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. This is 'Thriller'

    Filipino dancers and former inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center perform during a Jackson tribute event in Cebu City, Philippines. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Notes to a lost icon

    Written tributes are left on a remembrance wall for Jackson at the 02 arena in London. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Where it all began

    Joe Gasmann dances outside of Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana. (John Gress / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Lighting the night

    A Jackson fan in Berlin lights candles to commemorate the loss of the singer. (Tobias Schwarz / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Larger than life

    A Japanese fan pauses in front of a large portrait of Michael Jackson at the foot of Tokyo Tower on the one-year anniversary of his death. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. India remembers

    Jackson fans light candles around his posters in Jammu, India. (Channi Anand / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Until the tide comes in

    Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik puts the finishing touches on a sand sculpture honoring Jackson on a beach at Puri, India. (Strdel / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. A true star

    Tourists take pictures and pose by Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Calif. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Still posing for pictures

    Visitors pose with Jackson's wax image during a free public display of the figure at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, Calif. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Memories pile up

    A woman signs her name to a memorial poster beside flowers, letters, and pictures of the singer in Munich. (Christof Stache / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Angels on guard

    Candles surround a picture of Jackson at a memorial in Munich. (Matthias Schrader / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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