Emergency ... Michael Jackson arrives by ambulance at the UCLA hospital
By PETE SAMSON, US Editor
Published: 24 Feb 2010
A DRAMATIC recording revealed today is believed to detail the moment paramedics broke the news of Michael Jackson's death.
A voice is heard calling ahead to a hospital on a tape which has emerged online.
It could become new evidence in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor.
Tragic ... Michael Jackson
The recording is believed to feature a Los Angeles Fire Department medical worker calling the UCLA hospital. The voice says: "Patient is Michael Jackson, the pop star singer. No pulse, no breathing. Unresponsive. Tried to resuscitate him. Unsuccessful.
"We've done everything we can. We should be there in five minutes. It doesn't look good. It doesn't look good" The tape, which emerged on an ambulance workers' web forum, may be the first time the 50-year-old's death was announced last June 25.
An LAFD spokesman said of the recording: "I couldn't confirm that is one of our workers. It could be. They refer to 'pop star Michael Jackson' but it is not our practice to name names."
If genuine, the tape may be vital evidence in Dr Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial later this year.
It contradicts the claims of Dr Murray who says the star was still warm and had a pulse when he found Michael Jackson and put him in the ambulance.
Facing trial ... Dr Murray
The timeline of events will be crucial to his trial. He has admitted giving Jacko a cocktail of drugs including powerful sedative Propofol.
Dr Murray, 56, initially told the LAPD he administered it at 10.50am and left the room for two minutes - then began CPR when he returned to find the star in distress. But his 911 call was not made until 12.21pm.
The doctor's lawyer has claimed his client's version of events was "a mistake".
Prosecutors will argue it proves Murray left Jacko for more than an hour after giving him the dangerous drug.
Last week it emerged Dr Murray rang another patient at 11.54am with test results.
He hopes to argue the star did have a pulse when he returned to his bedside. As the LAFD took just three minutes to get to Michael Jackson's home after the 911 call, it would mean he left him just a few moments and makes his actions less careless.