Tom Petty has died, manager confirms

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MALIBU, Calif. – Breaking news update: Rocker Tom Petty died Monday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital, Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed to CNN. Click here for latest story

He was 66.

The singer was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday night, authorities said.

Petty was transported to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was reportedly placed on life support. According to his manager, he died peacefully Monday at 8:40 p.m. PT “surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Earlier story:

TMZ reports that musician Tom Petty is still clinging to life, despite earlier reports that the musician passed away after being taken off life support.

The Los Angeles Police Department said they did not have any information about the passing of the singer. They said initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources and apologized for “any inconvenience” in the reporting.

Petty was taken to a hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest, TMZ reports.

TMZ reported that Petty had no brain activity when he arrived at the hospital and was taken off life support.

Petty was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home and was taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.

A chaplain was called to Petty’s hospital room around 10:30 a.m. Monday and the family has a do not resuscitate order on Petty. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, TMZ reports.

Multiple sources, including CBS News, had reported Petty had died Monday at the age of 66.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department says it has no information on the well-being of Tom Petty and its spokespeople did not provide info CBS News used to report the rocker had died.

Officer Tony Im said Monday that the LAPD did not respond to any incident involving the rocker. CBS has since amended its story, and the trade Variety also retracted its obituary, which cited an unnamed source confirming Petty’s death.

“It was not our office, definitely not,” Im said Monday afternoon. “If it’s not a police matter, our public information office does not comment on stuff like that”

“We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting,” the department said in a statement.

The news outlets reported Monday afternoon about Petty’s death. CBS did not cite a source in its story, but tweeted that LAPD confirmed Petty’s death. CBS and Variety now cite TMZ reporting that says Petty is “clinging to life.”

CBS News issued a statement later Monday maintaining that it “reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about Tom Petty.”

“The LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm information about the singer,” the statement said.

Coroner’s officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty’s death. Fire officials have said they responded to an emergency call for a man experience cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.

Petty’s manager did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment Monday.

The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled.

Reports of Petty’s death also prompted an outpouring of grief on Twitter, where he was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. Musicians such as Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those posting remembrances.

The three-time Grammy winner had just finished a major tour last Monday with a final performance at Hollywood Bowl.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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