UPDATE: Tom Petty died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday night.
The news of Petty’s death was reported at 1 p.m. Monday, but doubts began to swirl by 2 p.m.
TMZ originally reported the death, but later retracted its reporting, which had apparently been based on false information from a Los Angeles police official.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted it had “no information” about the singer and does not have an “investigative role in this matter.”
TMZ then reported that Petty was “still clinging to life” in the hospital after suffering a heart attack in his Malibu home. The outlet says a chaplain was called into Petty’s hospital room around 10:30 a.m. Monday. The family has a do not resuscitate order on Petty, according to TMZ. Petty was not expected to live through the day.
He died peacefully around 8:40 p.m. local time in LA, according to his manager.
LOS ANGELES — Rocker Tom Petty has been hospitalized after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest Sunday night, TMZ reported.
When paramedics arrived at Petty’s Malibu home, he was not breathing, the entertainment website reported.
Petty was rushed to Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support. After getting to the hospital, he had no brain activity and the decision was made to pull life support, TMZ reported.
This story is developing.
Petty was in Indianapolis this past May for his 40th anniversary tour.