Tom Petty Dead at 66 after being taken off life support

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Tom Petty died Monday night after he was removed from life support, a spokeswoman announced.

The iconic singer, 66, was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Sunday after he was found in in cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu.

Carla Sacks says Petty died at the hospital Monday night.

Petty had shown no brain activity and loved ones adhered to his “Do Not Resuscitate” order.

The formal announcement of Petty’s death late Monday night capped a day of confusion as multiple media outlets, hours earlier, reported his demise while he was still on life support.

The Los Angeles Police Department had confirmed the singer’s death, but LAPD later clarified on Twitter that it had “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.”

Petty rose to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1970s with hits like “American Girl” and “Free Fallin.’” The band recently completed a 40th-anniversary tour. Their last performance was on Sept. 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

The three-time Grammy winner was born on Oct. 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Fla. Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Source: Page Six

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