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Tom Petty Clinging for Life, Not Dead Despite Previous Reports

Tom Petty Clinging for Life, Not Dead Despite Previous Reports

UPDATE (12:16am ET): Tom Petty‘s manager has confirmed that Tom sadly passed away earlier this evening.

UPDATE (5:15pm ET): Despite several outlets reporting that Petty has passed away, TMZ claims that he is still clinging for life though he is off of life support. The LAPD has also apologized for “initial information” that was “inadvertently provided to some media sources.”

Tom Petty reportedly passed away at the age of 66 after reports emerged that he fell into cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his Malibu, California home on Sunday (October 1).

Reports suggested that he had no brain activity at the hospital and was taken off of life support. CBS News confirmed that he’s passed.

Tom was the front man of the famous band Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. Last week, the band wrapped their 40th anniversary tour at the Hollywood Bowl.

Over the years, Tom has put out over 15 albums, both solo and with the band, with the latest landing in 2014. Tom and his band are responsible for some big hits over the years including “American Girl,” “Free Falin’,” “Refugee” and “I Won’t Back Down.” In addition to his work with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tom was also part of the group Traveling Wilburys back in the 1980s with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

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  • Faith + 1

    So sad. What a legend. RIP Tom

  • Cookie Monster

    20 minutes later and i’m still in shock

    RIP Tom

  • Ulysses Joyce

    I know this was no good.poor tom petty.

  • Dany

    I love his music. May he rest in peace.

  • Trixie

    Hasn’t this day been bad enough? Jesus!
    RIP Tom, you will be missed.

  • j b

    Figured he was gone when he arrived at the hospital brain dead.

  • Ulysses Joyce

    Apparently he is not technically dead yet according to TMZ.

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  • Mercyneal

    He’s not dead. Delete story

  • eternalfratboy

    rip… stop dragging my heart around… free fallen!!! last dance with mary jane!!!

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