Michael Jackson's eldest son has described the frantic efforts to revive his father to a jury, a scene that ended a dozen idyllic years being raised by one of pop music's superstars.
Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr. described his childhood with his two younger siblings, Paris and Blanket as pictures and videos, some shot by his father, were shown to the jury.
The teenager described how he knew there was trouble in the singer's rented mansion four years ago when he heard screaming upstairs and went into his father's bedroom. His father was caught half off the bed, with his eyes rolled up into the back of his head as his physician tried to resuscitate him.
He was testifying in a lawsuit accusing concert promoter AEG Live LLC of negligently hiring Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anaesthetic, propofol.
Describing the scene he said his younger sister Paris screamed for her father and Prince, now 16, told jurors that he was crying. On the ride to the hospital, the teenager recounted how he tried to calm the fears of his sister and younger brother by telling them that angels were watching over their father and everything would be fine.
It was not until his father's doctor, Conrad Murray, came out of the emergency room and said he had died that Prince knew his father was gone.
His voice wavered at times but Prince remained composed as he publicly recounted for the first time what he saw the day his father died.
AEG denies it hired the physician or bears any responsibility for the entertainer's death.
Prince said he saw AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips at the family's rented mansion in a heated conversation with Murray in the days before his father died. The teenager said Phillips grabbed Murray's elbow.
Phillips "looked aggressive to me," Prince testified.
His father wasn't at home at the time and was probably rehearsing, he said.
He said he saw his father cry after phone conversations with Phillips, and wanted more time to rehearse and was unhappy with pressure to perform his 50 scheduled comeback concerts titled "This Is It."
Murray's attorney Valerie Wass and AEG defence attorney Marvin S. Putnam later denied outside court that the meeting Prince described ever happened.
He described growing up on Neverland Ranch and narrated videos of the property's petting zoos, amusement park and other amenities. After his father's acquittal of child molestation charges, Prince described living in the Middle East, Ireland and Las Vegas. Prince is the first Jackson family member to testify during the trial, now in its ninth week. On Thursday his cousins, TJ and Taj Jackson, who are Tito Jackson's sons, will take the witness stand.
Prince Jackson, his sister Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and brother Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson are plaintiffs in the case against AEG, which their grandmother and primary caretaker filed in August 2010.