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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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Wow! She didn't want to "rise" good for her.

145 days ago


Good for her. She will be an angel now.

145 days ago


She wanted to pass as she lived - with dignity. She will be missed.

145 days ago


The word Moore or moor is a racist word given to Arabs by the Spanish. The goes right along with the "N" word. Also the word Troop does NOT mean one TMZ didn't mention that word its just another word that is used incorrectly...

145 days ago


You may do gossip really well, but you need some help with reporting the whole story. If the DNR order isn't there and the dispatcher didn't offer CPR instructions, they are potentially liable. A family member can override a DNR at the scene and sue the emergency personnel if they don't attempt to resuscitate.

145 days ago


Hopefully the black youth will start reading her poetry and stop committing violence in this country as experienced over the Memorial day weekend.

145 days ago

Deborah Underdue    

Wendy willuams is awesome, she good at what she does. She tellsvit as it is, why are their so many haters. If you dont like her don't listen to her show. Go Wendy!!!!!

145 days ago


I find it extremely unnecessary to report this and put the 911 call up for the world to hear. She didn't want to be resuscitated. End of story. We don't need to hear the 911 call do we. Some things need to stay private, especially when there is no story.

RIP Maya, the world will miss you and your steadfast, insightful, profound and enduring voice.

145 days ago

Hot Dumb Italian Mike    

She lived a great life of dignity and strength and didnt have to resort to being a publicity hound, i.e: the Kardashians, Beiber, the"Real Housewives...." Rest in peace Miss Angeloue!

145 days ago


this is so ignorant ass **** I can't believe you actually started an article with a 911 call for such a wonderful and inspiring woman you have no respect whatsoever on your website you need to shut it down

145 days ago

L. Ron Hubbard    

She was a fraud just like the rest of Oprah' gang: Chopra the new age quack,Bradshaw the plagiarist and Dr.Phil with the iffy credentials. Maya was pimp who reinvented herself into a bad poet!

145 days ago


I hope the caretaker did the cpr.

143 days ago
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