The preliminary autopsy report on American Idol alum, Michael Johns, is completed, but the medical staff at the Orange County Coroner’s Office is deferring the cause of death, pending toxicology reports, according to TMZ.
Initially, it was reported that a blood clot, caused by a sprained ankle, caused his death. Reportedly, the ankle swelling spread up Michael’s leg, sending him to the doctor on Thursday, in great pain. He was checked, and cleared to go home. He died on Friday, in his sleep, at the home of a friend. Michael was found unresponsive on the couch, unable to be revived. When the ambulance arrived, he was already dead.
Conducting a full autopsy on a young person who dies suddenly is not unusual, as is deferring the exact cause of death, until the FULL report is back. It usually takes several weeks to get back toxicology results.
TMZ is reporting that law enforcement was told Michael was drinking heavily at some point before his death. Well. OK. Heavy drinking may or may not have contributed to Michael’s death. But if he did die of a blood clot, it could be just a coincidence that he was drinking at the time (and possibly mixing alcohol with prescribed pain meds). Toxicology results will reveal if Michael was doing drugs in the days before his death. It’s useless to speculate until the reports are back.
In the meantime, thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s friends and family. In any case, his death is a terrible tragedy.
UPDATE: TMZ has a tape of the call Michael’s friend made to 911.
Former “American Idol” contestant Michael Johns may have been dead for more than an hour before he was discovered … according to the friend who found him.
TMZ has obtained the dramatic 911 call. Michael’s friend tearfully tells the dispatcher he had left Johns 2 hours before and he seemed ok, but when he returned Michael was motionless … and not breathing.
The friend tells the dispatcher he fears Michael is dead and says Michael was cold to the touch and it appeared rigor mortis had set in.
You hear the friend breathlessly perform CPR … to no avail.