Tom Petty Dies, Manager Says
Update: Tom Petty’s manager says he died on Monday night, the CNN and New York Times reported.
“He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends,” Tom Dimitriades said in a statement.
UPDATE at 5 p.m. ET:
The LAPD said that it cannot confirm Tom Petty’s death after CBS reported it.
“The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources,” the department tweeted.
“However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”
U.S. rocker Tom Petty was reported on Monday, Oct. 2, to have died following cardiac arrest.
CBS News and celebrity website TMZ.com reported Petty’s death. Representatives for the singer did not return calls for confirmation.
TMZ cited law enforcement sources as saying Petty had been rushed to a Southern California hospital after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Sunday.
The website said the singer, 66, was put on life support and that a decision was made later to remove the support since there were no longer any signs of brain activity.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rose to fame in the 1970s, putting out massive hits, including “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart,” and many more. He also went solo, releasing “Freefallin’.”
Petty told Rolling Stone in December that he thought his final tour, which he concluded last month, would be the group’s last tour together.
He said, “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
The tributes poured in for Petty after his death was reported.
"You’re a good man to ride the river with." – Johnny Cash writing to Tom Petty in 2000
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) October 2, 2017
— billboard (@billboard) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty. You were better than the best. pic.twitter.com/OzzCzvEeD5
— 96.9 The Eagle KKGL (@969kkgl) October 2, 2017
“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals.” – Tom Petty pic.twitter.com/jx5l6Ac87t
— luisa 🎃 (@itsluisagibson) October 2, 2017
Rest in peace Mr Tom Petty, good lord you wrote some massive tunes x pic.twitter.com/SPbctQT0Fc
— ShortList (@ShortList) October 2, 2017
We're told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support. https://t.co/bh8sqdvEw9
— TMZ (@TMZ) October 2, 2017
Reuters contributed to this report.