Dramatic 911 Call in Sudden Death of American Idol Finalist

As the entertainment world mourns the death of former American Idol finalist Michael Johns, a devastating 911 call is being released.

Caller: "My friend is not breathing! Please come here as soon as possible!"

Operator: "Okay, what do you mean? What's going on?"

Caller: "He's dead! I think he's dead!"

The frantic caller, an unidentifed friend of the singer, came home to find Johns' apparently lifeless body on his couch.

Operator: "Is he cold to the touch?

Caller: "Yes. Yes."

Earlier, the 35-year-old singer had twisted his ankle and complained that the swelling had spread to his knee.

Caller: "Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. He's already in rigor mortis or something. I can't believe that."

The operator gave CPR instructions to the friend, who pumped Johns' chest more than 100 times.

Caller: "Ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one hundred..."

But it was to no avail. Initial reports said the singer died from a blood clot in his ankle, but the Orange County Coroner is reportedly, "deferring the cause of death... pending toxicology results."

One report said heavy alcohol use may have played a role in Johns' death, but another source claims that, "drinking wasn't an issue." [Source: hollywoodlife.com]

INSIDE EDITION's April Woodard interviewed the popular Australian-born singer in 2008, right after he was eliminated from American Idol after making the top ten.

Woodard asked Johns, "What does your future hold?"

"Hopefully, putting out a good record that everyone likes, and enables me to start a career and touring," replied Johns.