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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty died Monday (October 2) at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu early Monday morning.
Carla Sacks, a spokeswoman for the family, confirmed Petty’s death to the Los Angeles Times. He was 66.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.— Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on behalf of the family.”
Premature reports of Petty’s death circulated early Monday. CBS News later retracted the claim and stated that the Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed his death. LAPD released a statement that the report was inaccurate. “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.”
TMZ first reported the news of Petty’s hospitalization and stated that the rocker had been removed from life support and wasn’t expected to survive. Petty’s exact cause of death hasn’t been released.
Petty first came onto the music scene in 1976 with his group Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The band scored numerous hits over the years including “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’,” “Refugee” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
Petty concluded his recent tour last Monday at the Hollywood Bowl. In December he told Rolling Stone that the tour, a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Heartbreakers’ debut, would likely be “the last big one.”
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” he continued. “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.”