Tom Petty is a legend of rock and roll and the frontman of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Now TMZ is reporting that the 66-year-old Petty has been rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. Petty was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home. EMT’s were able to get a pulse and he was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on life support.
UPDATE (10/03/2017 7:25 a.m. ET): Tom Petty has officially passed on. His Twitter account has made the official announcement.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017
UPDATE (10/02/2017 5:52 p.m. ET): According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has retracted their previous statement of Petty’s passing.
First citing LAPD, CBS reported Monday afternoon that Petty was taken off life support and died at the hospital. The LAPD and Sheriff’s Department would not confirm the news to The Hollywood Reporter, and added that they did not confirm the news to anyone at this time.
CBS News’ report currently cites TMZ as saying that Petty is still “clinging to life” at a local hospital.
UPDATE (10/02/2017 3:11 p.m. ET): Petty’s passing is confirmed.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
TMZ has since updated their story to say:
We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.
TMZ says they have been in touch with the Tom Petty “camp” but have not gotten any sort of statement from them, which is totally understandable. For now, we’ll all wait for an update.
Petty’s Americana Rock has been a staple of many and the man has held high praise amongst many musicians. In the 90’s he was part of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys which included Jeff Lynn, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Bob Dylan. So as you can see, the man was in good company. Prayers go out to the entire Petty family. We’ll update this post as we hear back and as we can.Source: TMZ
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