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Michael Jackson's chef describes dramatic moments before pop star died

July 29, 2009 |  8:08 am

Michael Jackson's personal chef has given a dramatic account of the day the late pop star was stricken at his Holmby Hills mansion.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Kai Chase said she saw no evidence that Jackson was abusing prescription drugs. She said that Dr. Conrad Murray, who is the subject of a manslaughter investigation related to Jackson's death, often carried oxygen tanks out of Jackson's bedroom. But she said she didn't know what the tanks were for. Authorities are investigating whether prescription drugs played a role in Jackson's death.

Here is Chase's description of the day Jackson died:

In the morning, when she arrived for work, Chase said she would see the doctor coming down the steps carrying oxygen tanks. When Murray didn't come downstairs the morning of June 25, "I thought maybe Mr. Jackson is sleeping late," Chase said.

"I started preparing the lunch and then I looked at my cellphone and it was noon. About 12:05 or 12:10 Dr. Murray runs down the steps and screams, 'Go get Prince!' He's screaming very loud. I run into the den where the kids are playing. Prince (Jackson's oldest son) runs to meet Dr. Murray and from that point on you could feel the energy in the house change.

"I walked into the hall and I saw the children there. The daughter was crying. I saw paramedics running up the stairs."

At that point, Chase said, the small group that was gathered — the children, their nanny, a housekeeper and Chase — held hands and began to pray. As paramedics raced up to the room, Chase recalls, "We were all praying, 'Help Mr. Jackson be O.K.'

"Then everyone was very quiet."

At about 1:30 p.m. she said security guards told her and other staff to leave the property because "Mr. Jackson was being taken to the hospital."

-- Shelby Grad

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