Demi Moore 911 tape shows frantic effort to aid actress
The 911 call in which friends report that Demi Moore was suffering convulsions and was semi-conscious includes details of their efforts to aid the stricken star at her home near Benedict Canyon.
They called the Los Angeles Fire Department on Monday night, reporting that Moore was gravely ill.
"She's shaking, convulsing, burning up. ... I'm taking cold water and putting it on her back," one of the callers to 911 tells the operator.
"Demi, can you hear me? Yes, she's squeezing my hand. She can't speak," she says later, adding that people were holding Moore down because she was having convulsions.
The unidentified woman told the 911 operator that Moore "smoked something -- it's not marijuana, it's similar to incense" and she "seems to be suffering convulsions."
Before it was released, the 911 tape was redacted to comply with federal medical privacy rules.
In speaking to the 911 operator, one of Moore's friends said: "She's been having some issues lately with some other stuff, so I don't know what she's been taking or not."
When the dispatcher asked if she had "done this before," her friend said she didn't know.
"There's been some stuff recently that we're all just finding out," the friend said.
At one point during the call, the unidentified friend said, "I don't know what would have made her do that."
Paramedics took her to a local hospital.
Moore, who recently starred in the movie "Margin Call," disclosed last fall that she was ending her marriage to actor Ashton Kutcher.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Demi Moore in Abu Dhabi for a film festival in October 2009. Credit: Sonza Gabriel / European Pressphoto Agency