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.
Ex Destiny's Child Member
She's Hysterical and High
7/22/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin was "hysterical and drugged" ... so says NFL player Da'Quan Bowers who told the 911 dispatcher he was certain his houseguest was high on something.
Franklin is screaming bloody murder as an uber-calm Bowers tells the dispatcher she had been drinking and was under the influence of drugs.
We broke the story ... Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning after she allegedly became drunk and belligerent.
Cops found Franklin lying in a neighbor's front yard, telling them she wanted to sleep in the woods.
Wu-Tang Clan Rapper 911 Call
What it Sounds Like
When You Cut Your Penis Off
6/30/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If you want to hear what it sounds like when a friend realizes his buddy cut off his penis ... you've come to the right place.
TMZ has obtained the 911 call from an incident in April, when rapper Christ Bearer -- affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan -- jumped off his apartment balcony after cutting off his junk.
Christ Bearer's friend told the dispatcher he didn't see the cutting but did see the rapper jump. The friend initially tells the dispatcher the rapper might be dead, but then you hear Christ Bearer scream bloody murder.
Then it gets crazy ... the friend says Christ Bearer ran upstairs to the apartment and tried to get in, and that's when he noticed the carnage.
You gotta listen ... it's unbelievable.
Suicide Attempt at Gun Range
2 Months Before Death
6/25/2014 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:10 PM PDT -- A rep for Stern's family tells TMZ it's extremely upsetting their private tragedy has become public, saying "This unwanted attention has resulted in several false & hurtful speculations that do not truthfully describe the devoted, unselfish, accomplished & proud man Andrew was."
We're told the family chooses to honor his memory by remembering how he lived, not how he died.
Andrew Stern -- who committed suicide Sunday at a firing range -- tried to kill himself at another firing range in April ... days after he filed for divorce from "Deal or No Deal" model Katie Cleary.
The facts are chilling. We've learned Stern left L.A. in mental distress ... and went home to his parents in Ohio. On April 17 -- 8 days after filing for divorce -- Andrew's mom was so alarmed she called 911 and said he was trying to kill himself.
Andrew's mom told the dispatcher he was going to end his life in 1 of 2 ways ... either going into an enclosed garage with the car engine on, or going to a local firing range and shooting himself.
The 911 call begins with Andrew's mom speeding to the firing range, saying she checked the garage and he wasn't there.
By the time the mom arrived, cops were on the scene. Sources tell TMZ ... they were told by employees at the range, Andrew showed up but they turned him away because he seemed unstable.
Andrew left and got on the phone with Katie as he drove back to his parents' home. Cops arrived soon thereafter, determined Andrew was a danger to himself and he was taken to a hospital for mental observation.
And our sources say a month later cops from a different police department in Ohio went to Andrew's home for a wellness check, after a local doctor alerted authorities Andrew was in bad shape.
Andrew told authorities he was having suicidal thoughts because Katie left him a few weeks before.
Schoolboy Q Shooting
Cops are 'Rifle Ready' (AUDIO)
6/24/2014 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cops were ready for a gunfight when they responded to a shooting at the Schoolboy Q concert ... which is apparent from radio transmissions between dispatch and cops rushing to the scene.
TMZ has obtained audio of the chaotic conversations. As the dispatcher explains that someone was shot in the head and another in the back ... it's apparent police are bracing for a violent confrontation.
A man with a rifle came out of the bushes and began firing at Q's SUV after a hip hop concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver. The rapper -- who was detained (see pic) wasn't hurt.
Two of the victims are still hospitalized ... they're expected to be OK. The shooter has not been caught.
The Situation Arrest
'They Were Bouncing Off the Wall'
6/18/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A customer at The Situation's tanning salon had to call 911 when Sitch and his brother Frank came to blows ... this according to the 911 call obtained by TMZ.
As TMZ first reported, Sitch was arrested on Tuesday in Middletown, NJ after he fought with his brother Frank inside Boca Tanning Salon.
In the tape, the woman ran out of the store to call police after seeing the brothers begin to come to blows. She tells the dispatcher she ran next door to the UPS Store, where a worker there said she could also hear the Sorrentino brothers "bouncing off the walls."
Mike posted $500 bail and explained afterward the scuffle was over how to run the business.
MLB Legend Bob Welch
Body Discovered In Bathtub
6/14/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New details surrounding the death of former Cy Young award winner Bob Welch -- TMZ Sports has learned the MLB great's body was discovered in an empty bathtub in his home after family members called a neighbor to check up on him.
We obtained the 911 call placed by Bob's friend -- who said he was called to the house by family members who were worried that something was wrong.
When he arrived, the neighbor told 911 that Welch was in the tub -- which contained no water -- and he was unsure if Bob was still breathing.
Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and 57-year-old Welch was pronounced dead at the scene.
The L.A. Dodgers later issued a statement saying Welch's cause of death was a heart attack.
'Notorious' Actor 911 Call
He Hit My Mom and Choked Her
... Stepson Tells Cops
6/9/2014 12:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Notorious" actor Jamal Woolard used both hands to choke his wife because he didn't like the way she was talking to their daughter ... according to the police report and 911 call obtained by TMZ.
We broke the story ... Woolard -- who played Biggie Smalls -- was arrested Saturday night by police in Snellville, GA after Woolard's stepson called 911 to report a family disturbance.
The 15-year-old boy told the 911 operator, "My stepdad, he hit my mom and he's acting crazy." At one point you can hear him yell at Woolard ... "You're going to jail!"
Woolard's wife, Alisha, told police her husband began screaming at her after she had scolded their daughter ... claiming he grabbed her by the throat, slammed her against the wall and told her, "Get the f*** off of my daughter."
According to police, the stepson said he heard his mom "making choking sounds" and confronted Woolard saying, "F*** you n****, I'm tired of you disrespecting my mom."
Police say when they arrived, they found broken furniture strewn about the house. Woolard told them he's very protective of his daughter because he loves her more than his wife.
Woolard was arrested for battery and child cruelty (for violence committed in front of the children) -- and he's been ordered to stay away from his wife and kids.
Ann B. Davis 911 Call
'She's Down and Incoherent'
6/5/2014 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The man who called 911 for "Brady Bunch" star Ann B. Davis pleaded with dispatchers to send "someone quickly" after the fall that eventually led to her death ... this according to a 911 tape obtained by TMZ.
As TMZ first reported, Davis passed away on Sunday after she hit her head following a fall in her bathroom.
Davis was living with a couple in Texas ... and the man is heard on the tape saying there was "quite a bit of blood on the floor" after her fall.
Davis was 88.
Father-in-Law Calls 911
'He Shot April'
6/5/2014 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained a 911 call made by Michael Jace's father-in-law ... who told dispatchers Jace texted him to say he had just shot his wife April.
As TMZ first reported, Jace -- best known for his role on FX's "The Shield" -- admitted to shooting his wife last month ... in front of his two kids. The exact motive is still unclear, though we previously reported Jace was having money problems.
Jace called cops after and told them "I shot my wife." That 911 call has yet to be released.
Over Oprah Trash Talk During 911 Call
5/30/2014 3:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An emergency dispatcher who can be overheard in the Maya Angelou 911 call was suspended for criticizing Oprah Winfrey in the middle of the emergency.
John Ruckh -- a dispatcher in Winston-Salem North Carolina for 24 years -- is heard in the background ... making critical comments to someone about Oprah.
Ruckh -- who did not take the actual call -- is heard telling someone that Oprah has fallen out of grace because of an interview she did, where he claims she stated, "There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die."
Ruckh insists he used no racial slurs during the conversation, saying, "Unfortunately I work in a high-profile job and everything's recorded."
The audio is really hard to hear, but take a listen.
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.
5/5/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 911 call made after Scotty McCreery and a few friends were robbed at gun point was not made by the teacher from Charlie Brown ... it just sounds like it.
TMZ has obtained the 911 call made early Monday morning after three gunmen broke into an apartment near North Carolina State University and made off with cash, wallets, and other property, including valuable electronics.
It's hard to say whether the "American Idol" champ is the one who placed the 911 call ... because North Carolina state law calls for the voices to be distorted on the tape.
So even though you've just been robbed, at least your identity is safe in North Carolina.