Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, went into full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night, with conflicting reports on whether the Hall of Fame musician died on Monday.
Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his home, according to TMZ, and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.
EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. TMZ has updated its story to state that Petty has been taken off life support on a do not resuscitate order but has not yet died.
CBS originally confirmed Petty's death per the Los Angeles Police Department.
A rep for Petty did not immediately return a request for clarification. A rep for the LAPD declined to comment on Petty's situation to Rolling Stone, though a spokesperson tweeted that "the LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."
The story is still developing...but it does not sound hopeful in the least.
The LAPD says it cannot confirm earlier reports of singer Tom Petty’s death. TMZ reports that the singer is still clinging to life. pic.twitter.com/Xv4UtVdY4Z— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 2, 2017
Below is concert footage from just last week at The Hollywood Bowl---during the final show of the huge 40th Anniversary Tour Petty did with The Heartbreakers this past year.