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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

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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Besides telling people it needs to be do***ented. Otherwise it could be wrongful death.

54 days ago


She made it to 86, what an accomplishment, I hope I just get close to that number.when folks reach a certian age and there healths continually failing they get tired, and just want to rest and meet jesus, they feel the time has come.she lived and fought fir the good life and earned all her accomplishments. ...let her rest.

54 days ago


I hope the caretaker doesn't get into any trouble.

54 days ago



54 days ago


Adios whore

54 days ago
36. Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Sounds fishy

54 days ago

Sally M    

L.Ron Hubbard; you've been on here ragging on Maya Angelou for having been involved in prostitution and you say she ruined their lives. How about placing blame where blame is due and telling MEN to stop buying sex from girls and women!!

54 days ago


If women didn't make porno and expose their legs, ass and tits, then maybe men wouldn't have the need to get involved with the evils of women.

54 days ago

the truth    

Why does TMZ wish to share this information. Disgusting. And so are the people for all the hateful nasty comments about Dr. Angelou. Funny thing, if she was living she probably would send you a loving message and a hug, because she was about love. I hope you experience what love really means one day!

54 days ago

The Maharincess of Franistan    

This elegant lady was a beautiful spirit. And wherever she is now, she is surrounded by love and light and profound beauty, as beautiful as her soul.

54 days ago


why couldnt this have been Kimye instead? RIP Maya...

54 days ago


I am almost shocked that Oprah's name did not get mentioned in this story.

54 days ago

Jaded Muse    

Maya Angelou was one of the most brilliant human beings of all time and I can totally see her not wanting to be in this world without quality in her life. In my humble opinion, Maya has left a legacy of brilliant masterpieces to cherish. RIP beautiful lady...

54 days ago


It is a sad fact that in most cases if the patient doesn't have a legal DNR and an ambulance is called CPR will be initiated. Once it is, the personnel can not stop unless directed to do so by a Doctor.

If you are one of those people who don't want any so-called 'heroic measures' taken if this happens to you, talk to your own MD NOW about the necessary paper work.

I have had to perform CPR on many people who did not want it, all because of laws that overlook their personal wishes.

Very sad to think that this woman, 86 years old and according to her own camp, ill, was not allowed to die with the dignity she both requested and deserved.

Rest in Peace.

54 days ago


Hell, I'm 40, let me go too. 86? Not me.

54 days ago
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