Rock Legend Tom Petty Dies At 66
Rock and roll hall of famer Tom Petty has died after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, US media reported.
TMZ reported that the musician was rushed to hospital in critical condition Sunday night after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest. CBS and Variety subsequently reported that he had died citing the Los Angeles Police Department.
TMZ later reported the rocker was in fact still alive. Citing unidentified sources, the entertainment news site said Petty was not expected to live much longer but was “still clinging to life.”
"We're told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support," TMZ said.
The LAPD said on Twitter that it "has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources."
"However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."
The 66-year-old was best known as lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. However, he also had several hit singles as a solo artist and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup the Travelling Wilburys.
Petty was on tour with the Heartbreakers and performed a show in Los Angeles last Monday to mark the 40 year anniversary of the band. He was scheduled to play two gigs in New York in early November.
Petty’s music is considered an enduring part of the American rock canon. Amongst his biggest hits are Free Fallin', I Won't Back Down and Learning to Fly.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
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