Reports are sketchy at best, but the word out of Los Angeles is that Rock legend Tom Petty is dead at the age of 66.
Amid retractions, updates and speculation, Billboard magazine is reporting that the news of Petty’s death is figuratively all over the map;
Tom Petty was put on life support Monday (Oct. 2) after suffering cardiac arrest, and conflicting reports now say that he has died at the age of 66. CBS News’ breaking news tweet citing LAPD has since been deleted. The LAPD later tweeted out an apology: “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly [sic] provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”
Earlier in the day, Petty was found in his Malibu home in full cardiac arrest, not breathing. Authorities told The Hollywood Reporter they did respond to a Malibu home around 10:52 a.m. for a man who suffered a heart attack, but they could not confirm it was Petty. Emergency responders were able to get a pulse back, but the man is in critical condition. He was then rushed to the hospital.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers just wrapped their 40th anniversary tour at the Hollywood Bowl last week.