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EXCLUSIVE: Father Of Michael Jackson Accuser Committed Suicide

Nov. 17 2009, Published 9:52 a.m. ET

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The father of a boy who sued Michael Jackson and accused him of sexual molestation died by committing suicide, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

Evan Chandler, formerly a Beverly Hills dentist, shot himself in the head. He was found dead in Jersey City, N.J.

Jersey City Police Department spokesman Stan Eason told RadarOnline.com: “Evan Chandler’s body was found at 5.35 pm on November 5 by the concierge at his luxury apartment building in Jersey City. We have ruled it as suicide because he was found with a gun held to his body and had a single bullet wound to the side of his head. Mr. Chandler was 65.

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EXCLUSIVE: Father of Michael Jackson Molestation Accuser Dead

“There was no note found in the apartment but officers did find medication in keeping with a serious medical condition. A doctor based at Colanta Hematology in Bayonne, NJ, had called the concierge, asking him check on Mr. Chandler’s apartment as Mr. Chandler had missed an appointment. It was thanks to the concierge’s actions that Mr. Chandler’s body was discovered. Mr. Chandler’s body has now been returned to his family.”

In the early 1990s, Chandler reported Jackson to authorities in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, charging the King of Pop with molesting his son, then 13.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office launched a 13-month probe into the allegations and convened a grand jury to look into the sexual abuse charges.

In 1994, the boy gave police audio-taped evidence alleging abuse by Jackson. The boy and his father also brought a civil lawsuit against Jackson.

But the case never went to trial because the boy received a civil settlement for “personal injuries arising out of claims of negligence” from the superstar.

Both parties signed a confidentiality agreement, promising not tot talk about the case or the multi-million-dollar settlement.

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