Listen to the Jackson 911 call

June 26, 2009 8:53:26 PM PDT
A 911 caller from Michael Jackson's home says he wasn't breathing or responding to efforts to revive him. RELATED AUDIO: Listen to the 911 call

The Los Angeles Fire Department on Friday released a redacted audio recording of the call made Thursday by a person who only referred to Jackson as a 50-year-old man. It appeared that a mention of the phone number was deleted from the recording.

"I need an ambulance as soon as possible, sir," the caller said urgently but politely. "We have a gentlemen here that needs help and he's not breathing yet. He's not breathing and we need to - we're trying to pump him, but he's not, he's not."

The caller reported that Jackson was on a bed and the emergency operator began to instruct him to do CPR, but stopped when the caller said that the personal physician was there.

"Oh, OK. We're on our way there. If your guy is doing CPR and you're instructed by a doctor, he's a higher authority than me. And he's on the scene," the 911 operator said.

The operator asked if anyone witnessed what happened.

"No, just the doctor, sir, the doctor was the only one there," the caller said.

"Did he see what happened?" the operator asked.

"Doctor, did you see what happened, sir?" the caller asked someone in the room. Only an urgent mumbling can be heard on the recording.

"We're on our way. It's less than a mile away from Cedars," the operator said, referring to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Paramedics, however, took Jackson to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Transcript of 911 call placed from Michael Jackson's Los Angeles mansion at 12:21 p.m. Thursday:

Operator: Fire and paramedics 33. What is the address of the emergency?
Caller: Yes sir, I need an ambulance as soon as possible, sir. Operator: OK, sir. What is your address?
Caller: It's 100 North Carolwood Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90077.
Operator: You said Carolwood?
Caller: Carolwood Drive, yes.
Operator: OK, sir. What is the phone number that you're calling from?
Caller: (REDACTED)
Operator: And what exactly happened?
Caller: We have a gentleman here that needs help and he's not breathing yet. He's not breathing and we're trying to pump him but he's not. He's not.
Operator: OK, how old is he?
Caller: He's 50 years old, sir.
Operator: 50? OK, he's not breathing? Not conscious.
Caller: No, he's not breathing. He's not conscious sir.
Operator: Do you have him on the floor? Where's he at right now?
Caller: He's on the bed sir. He's on the bed. We need them.
Operator: Let's get him on the floor. We're already on the way.
I'm going to as much as I can to help you on the phone. We're already on our way. Did anybody see him?
Caller: Yes, we have a personal doctor with him, sir.
Operator: Oh, you have a doctor there?
Caller: Yes, but he's not responding to anything. He's not responding to CPR or anything.
Operator: Oh, OK, we're on our way there. If your guy is doing CPR and you're instructed by a doctor, he's a higher authority than me. And he's there on scene. Did anybody witness what happened?
Caller: No, just the doctor, sir. The doctor has been the only one there.
Operator: OK, so the doctor saw what happened?
Caller: Doctor, did you see what happened, sir?
(Someone spoke in the background but the words were not intelligible.)
Caller: Sir, if you can please.
Operator: We're on our way. I'm just passing these questions on to my paramedics while they're on the way there, sir.
Caller: Thank you sir. He's pumping his chest but he's not responding to anything. Please.
Operator: OK, OK. We're on our way. We're less than a mile away from Cedars and we'll be there shortly.

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