Michael Jackson's dad ends bid for estate stipend

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File photo: Joe Jackson stands in front of the Jackson family's old home in Gary, Indiana on June 2, 2010.

Michael Jackson's father is withdrawing his request to receive more than $15,000 a month from his late son's estate.

A court filing says Joe Jackson is dropping his bid to receive a monthly allowance in favor of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit over his son's death.

Joe Jackson filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday against Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

The Jackson family patriarch was omitted from his son's will, but in November sought a stipend to pay his monthly expenses.

The filing was first reported Monday by the celebrity website TMZ.

Joe Jackson's filing indicates he may renew his request for a stipend later if necessary.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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