Rock legend Tom Petty hospitalized, but no official confirmation of his death, despite reports

By RICHARD WINTON, JOSEPH SERNA and CHRISTIE D'ZURILLA
Los Angeles Times
October 02. 2017 8:29PM
Musician Tom Petty poses at the 31st annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on April 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

LOS ANGELES — Tom Petty was taken to UCLA Medical Center for a cardiac incident Sunday night, law enforcement has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times, but as of Monday afternoon there was no official confirmation that the 66-year-old rock musician had died.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which had been cited in a report by CBS News and subsequently by other outlets that picked up the CBS story, tweeted Monday afternoon that "initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources."

CBS updated its report even as the likes of John Mayer, Jake Owen and Peter Frampton — not to mention multitudes of non-celebrity fans — were sharing their sadness and Tom Petty memories on social media.

Earlier Monday, an LAPD spokesman told the Times that the department had no role in the matter because no crime had been committed.

At noon Pacific time Monday, TMZ reported that Petty had been rushed to the hospital.

It updated its story a half hour later, saying a decision had been made to pull life support.

An hour after that, it reported Petty was "still clinging to life," though a chaplain had been called in.


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