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Michael Johns 911 Call

Emotional Cry

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8/4/2014 6:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns may have been dead for more than an hour before he was discovered ... according to the friend who found him.

TMZ has obtained the dramatic 911 call.  Michael's friend tearfully tells the dispatcher he had left Johns 2 hours before and he seemed ok, but when he returned Michael was motionless ... and not breathing.

The friend tells the dispatcher he fears Michael is dead and says Michael was cold to the touch and it appeared rigor mortis had set in.

 You hear the friend breathlessly perform CPR ... to no avail.

Johns died Friday.  The coroner has not determined the cause of death.  Johns complained he had twisted his ankle and the swelling spread to his knee.  Police were told he had been drinking a significant amount of alcohol although we do not know the time frame.  We don't know if he was on pain meds.


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CPR is useless once rigor mortis sets in I think

87 days ago

The Maharincess of Franistan    

Awful. Just awful.

87 days ago

Allison Ray    

I know I should expect this kind of callous posting. You are TMZ, after all. It is upsetting we would think it's ok to exploit a man's most emotiona,l helpless, frightened AND grievous moment. That is just too private. Do the police administration people sell them to you or give to you? How does a person's 911 call become public domain? Anyone know?

87 days ago

LuLu1024 👀    

Don't even wanna listen to it smh

87 days ago


Sad to hear the tears! Weird that Michael looks

87 days ago


ewwwwwww! cpr on a rigor mortis body.

87 days ago


Why on earth would you make a news story over this? Can't this man's death have privacy? He has a family and he hasn't been a jerk. This reporting is shameful.

87 days ago


TMZ, what is the purpose of putting this out there? You have the celebrity bus tour I guess this is the celebrity 911 calls. No class at all TMZ.

87 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

Everyone who works at tmz will be very sorry when they have to settle up with the maker

87 days ago


You should be ashamed! This should have been kept private between the caller and 911. Whoever leaked this or sold it to you should be fired if it was the 911 operator or if it was his friend he should shunned by people he knows. Not everything is appropriate for public consumption. You have reached a new low. What is gained by putting this out for all the world to hear? His family who have to deal with his untimely death now have to know this has been made public. The damage you have done to them is forever. All of you who made this decision disgust me!!

87 days ago


Michael would be proud of the work his friend did, trying to save his life. Even though he was clearly already gone, the fact that the friend continued to fight for him is amazing.

87 days ago


who is this z-lister?

87 days ago

Jeanne Tutt    

God, because we weren't reacting enough negatively to this story and were actually schooling people and your reporters you went and did this. not surprised. no one is protected. can't wait til the day Harvey screws up.

87 days ago


I'm not listening to this. Sad... and inappropriate to post this.

87 days ago

boo boo    

If one good thing comes from this awful posting of this call, maybe it's that you shouldn't be afraid to perform cpr on someone.

87 days ago
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