- UPDATE 4:45 p.m. EDT:
- The Los Angeles Police Department has apologized for an earlier report that confirmed the singer's death, CBS News reported. Cox Media Group and other media outlets also reported the death based on CBS News' report.
- ORIGINAL STORY:
- Musician Tom Petty is dead at age 66 after reportedly going into full cardiac arrest, CBS News confirmed.
According to TMZ, Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night in full cardiac arrest.
Although he was on life support, the publication says he was taken off after not having brain activity.
Petty, 66, who became famous as the lead singer of rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was found unconscious, according to the website, which cited unnamed law enforcement sources.
TMZ says he was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
“We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support,” the site said.
- TMZ reported that some in Petty's camp are "clearly upset but not talking."
- Petty and the group finished the last date on their 40th anniversary tour Sept. 25 at the Hollywood Bowl. It was the third of three sold-out shows there. In December, Petty told Rolling Stone the tour would be their last.
"We're all on the backside of our sixties," he told the publication. "I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."
- The band was known for hit songs "You Got Lucky," "I Won't Back Down" and "Learning to Fly," among others. As a solo artist, Petty was well-known for 1989's "Free Fallin."
- Celebrities shared condolences and thoughts on social media:
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Rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66, manager says
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