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Maya Angelou 911

She Didn't Want to Be Resuscitated

... Says Caretaker

5/29/2014 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Maya Angelou had informed her staff she did NOT want to be resuscitated in the event of her death ... this according to the caretaker who called 911.

The caretaker called 911 to report Maya's death -- but told the operator she was hesitant to perform CPR because the famed poet had previously been crystal clear ... when she passed, don't try to bring her back.

The operator tells the caretaker to perform CPR regardless -- because Maya didn't have a "Do Not Resuscitate" order -- and the caretaker complied ... to no avail.

As we reported, Angelou passed away Wednesday at the age of 86.

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16.

Nobledrewali    

U gotta really be some kind of loser to talk about a deceased person who only tried to help others...i also think alotta people on here wanna be the one with the most horrible things to say while they sit safe an comfy behind a computer...kill yaself cus u wastin space

145 days ago
17.

amyd    

Smart lady. I don't blame her.

145 days ago
18.

verlinda    

How does a 911 Operator know whether you have a DNR Order or not? This is normally known between Family and Doctors/Caregivers.

145 days ago
19.

Jayne    

About the disrespectful idiot trolls on here: Connect the dots, lah lah lah lah..... Connect the dots, lah lah lah lee.....

145 days ago
20.

Trinia    

I think that it's a persons choice if they want to be resuscitated or not. We have a choice!!!

145 days ago
21.

A viewer    

sad....why run this 911 call, TMZ? Isn't anything sacred to you guys?

145 days ago
22.

TheHutt    

My education failed me, I'm 20 and have. I idea who this lady is

145 days ago
23.

kingkkong234    

TMZ always got to make controversy out of something. Fuccing scabs

145 days ago
24.

Jim    

It is SO WRONG to post this 911 call. Typical TMZ, always doing the wrong thing for the "clicks".

145 days ago
25.

lkelly816    

She was 86 years old and had a heart condition. The caretaker should have known whether or not there was a DNR in place. RIP, Maya. You will be greatly missed.

145 days ago
26.

Leave-Britney-Alone    

Just let her rest in peace.

145 days ago
27.

im not going to spend my life being a color    

by the way I talk to him crap about Oprah and erased my comment and mediately. No profanity no hateful words. TMZ is a joke

145 days ago
28.

Harveys_Taint    

The caretaker complied...
half-heartedly would be my guess.

145 days ago
29.

Im A Lawyer    

Im a Lawyer...

145 days ago
30.

David    

A genuine American lowlife that is praised by the black folk.

145 days ago
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