'Inadvertent' error: LAPD says singer Tom Petty not dead

NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 8:26AM
Tom Petty is reported to be on life support.
Tom Petty is reported to be on life support.

Reports that Tom Petty had died at the age of 66 have been refuted following the rocker's heart attack earlier today.

Petty was reportedly found unconscious at his Malibu home, TMZ,com reported.

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After being rushed to hospital, his life support was turned off, and CBS News quoted a Los Angeles Police Department source confirming his death.

However, the police report has been refuted and TMZ.com says he is "clinging to life".

TMZ.com reported a "do not resuscitate order" had chaplain had been called to Petty's room, and he was "not expected to live throughout the day".

Earlier, Petty was found unresponsive at his Malibu home. Paramedics reportedly found a pulse and Petty was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.

However, no brain activity was found and the decision was made to turn off his life support.

At his last show, at the Hollywood Bowl on September 15, Petty reportedly told the crowd: "I want to thank you for 40 years of a really great time."

Petty has released 13 albums with his band The Heartbreakers, along with three solo albums. His last was Hypnotic Eye in 2013.

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