LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Katherine Jackson wept in court Tuesday as Michael Jackson’s personal chef testified about the day the singer’s children discovered their father dead.
Kai Chase was called to testify in the wrongful death trial filed by Jackson’s mother on behalf of his family. The suit claims AEG executives negligently hired and supervised the doctor who provided Michael Jackson with the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol that killed him while he was preparing for his comeback concert series in 2009.
Chase testified that she began preparing meals for the singer and his three children in April 2009.
“Mr. Jackson was very upbeat, he was very excited about what was to happen, about the tour (and) about having his children see him perform in his comeback tour,” she testified.
Chase also testified Tuesday that Jackson was a hands-on parent and that his children kept a healthy diet and got plenty of sleep.
Katherine Jackson was brought to tears as Chase testified about the scene at the singer’s home on the morning he was found dead.
“Prince screamed ‘Daddy!’ Then Paris screamed, blood-curdling scream, ‘Daddy!’ Just out of her mind screaming ‘Daddy’,” Chase testified.
“Everywhere paramedics were running up and down the stairs,” she went on to say. “It was horrible and I didn’t know what else to do but hold on to those kids. It was devastating.”
Chase was asked about how the singer’s children were coping.
Without mentioning Paris Jackson’s recent suicide attempt, Chase testified that Jackson’s only daughter was still feeling the impact of her father’s death.
“Being daddy’s little girl she was devastated, devastated and lost,” Chase said on the stand. “It’s just taking a lot of love and understanding to keep her together.”
AEG attorneys began their questioning of Chase Tuesday afternoon, asking if she ever saw Jackson drink alcohol, use pain medications, or appear to be high. She answered “no.”
When asked if she ever expressed concern about the competence of Dr. Conrad Murray, she answered “no, I thought he was a nice man.”
Attorneys for AEG will resume their questioning Wednesday.