It’s been days since Michael Johns—a former American Idol finalist—passed away at age 35, and while the cause of his death remains unknown, new details have been made available as the frantic 911 records of his friend’s call have been released.
“I think he’s dead,” the friend tells the 911 dispatcher in a panic. The operator asks if Michael is cold to the touch and the friend says yes.
Following the dispatcher’s lead, the friend attempts to perform CPR—but to no avail, as the friend discovers rigor mortis has already set in.
Michael passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, with reports initially claiming a blood clot in his ankle was to blame for his sudden death. However, an autopsy has since been completed with the cause of death ruled inconclusive.
According to TMZ, the AI alum had sprained his ankle and experienced significant pain as the swelling spread up to his knee. He sought medical attention for his ankle on Thursday, and it’s possible a doctor prescribed a painkiller that could have caused the clot, sources explain to the site.
It was later revealed by the media outlet he had drank heavily prior to his death, questioning whether the fatal combination of drugs and alcohol could have been a factor.
However, the cause of death remains unknown as the coroner awaits toxicology reports.
Warning: The audio in the clip may be considered traumatic. Please listen at your own risk: