updated 06/26/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/26/2009 AT 2:25 PM ET
In a frantic 911 call, a person at Michael Jackson’s house says, “He’s not breathing!” and pleads with the operator to send an ambulance.
“We have a gentleman here who needs help,” says the unidentified male caller, according to a tape released Friday by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Without giving Jackson’s name, the caller says there is a 50-year-old in his bed who is being given CPR by his personal physician. “He’s pumping his chest and he’s not responding to anything,” the caller says.
The operator advises the caller to move Jackson to the floor for CPR. But when the operator hears there’s a doctor on the premises, backs off. “We’re on our way there. If your guy is doing CPR instructed by a doctor, he has a higher authority than me,” the operator says. The operator then asks: “Did anybody witness what happened?”
“No, just the doctor, sir. The doctor’s been the only one here,” says the caller.
“Okay, did the doctor see what happened?”
The caller can be heard talking to somebody else: “Doctor, did you see what happened?”
A muffled voice can be heard in the background, followed by the caller coming back on the line, his voice even more urgent: “Sir, if you could please ”
“We’re on our way,” the operator says, interrupting. “I’m just passing these questions on to our paramedics.”
After paramedics arrived within minutes, they attempted to revive Jackson, then transported him to nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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