*Joe Jackson is now blaming his estranged wife Katherine for the death of their son Michael Jackson, saying she could’ve done more to intervene when it appeared he was ailing in the months leading up to his death last June.

Speaking to the tabloid News of the World, Joe explained that he told Katherine that Michael was “looking kinda funny and frail” and wanted her to help him, but she refused.

“She didn’t want to do that because she was afraid she was invading his privacy,” he claims.

He added that, after the King of Pop’s death, he scolded his wife. “I said this would have never happened if you had went and been with him.”

Meanwhile, Katherine’s lawyers are coming to her defense in the press.

“The world knows that Mrs. Jackson has always been a loving mother and grandmother, and that she and Michael had a very special relationship,” her lawyer, Adam Streisand, tells TMZ, adding, “The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget.”

Howard Weitzman, a lawyer for the Jackson estate, also defended Michael’s mother. “The inference by Joe Jackson that Mrs. Jackson was in any way responsible for Michael’s death is preposterous. Katherine Jackson was a supportive and loving mother throughout Michael’s life. His love and respect for her is reflected in his estate plan.”