Michael Jackson's children prayed for his survival on the morning of his death.

Family chef Kai Chase has revealed she took the children - Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Prince Michael II, eight - away from their father's room as resuscitation attempts were made and formed a prayer circle to ask God to let him live.

She told The Sun newspaper: "It was as if a hammer had smashed the sun in and everything turned black.

"All three children ran to me, crying hysterically. Prince was shouting, 'Dad, dad, what's wrong with dad?' While Paris screamed, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy,' over and over.

"I clutched them to my chest and got them to hold hands with me in a circle. Then I said, 'Pray with me, all pray with me,' and we prayed aloud, asking God for a miracle.

"We said, 'Dear God, keep daddy safe, make this OK.' But I knew - and I think they knew - that he was dead."

Kai, 40, who has no children of her own, also claims Michael was a very fun and doting dad, and she remembers on Paris' 11th birthday he threw her a party with a performance by acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.

Referring to the eccentric character from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', she said: "Mr. Jackson was an almost Willy Wonka-style father, with his crazy sense of fun.

"He had paid for members of the circus troupe Cirque du Soleil to perform throughout the house and garden. It was magical and one of the security team filmed the whole day.

"I know Paris keeps that tape close to her heart and watches it to remind her of her daddy."

Meanwhile, Michael's brother Jermaine claims the 'Thriller' star - who died on June 25, 2009, from acute Propofol intoxication - would have lived had he converted to Islam.

He said: "I felt that if Michael would have embraced Islam he would still be here today and I say that for many reasons.

"Why? Because when you are 100 per cent clear in your mind as to who you are and what you are and why you are and everybody around you, then things change in a way that's better for you. It's just having that strength. God is so powerful."