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Los Angeles police deny confirming Tom Petty's death to CBS

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department says it has no information on the well-being of Tom Petty and its spokespeople did not provide info CBS News used to report the rocker had died.

Officer Tony Im said Monday that the LAPD did not respond to any incident involving the rocker. CBS has since amended its story, and the trade Variety also retracted its obituary, which cited an unnamed source confirming Petty's death.

"It was not our office, definitely not," Im said Monday afternoon. "If it's not a police matter, our public information office does not comment on stuff like that"

"We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting," the department said in a statement.

The news outlets reported Monday afternoon that Petty was dead at age 66. CBS did not cite a source in its story, but tweeted that LAPD confirmed Petty's death. CBS and Variety now cite TMZ reporting that says Petty is "clinging to life."

Coroner's officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty's death. Fire officials have said they responded to an emergency call for a man experience cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.

Petty's manager did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment Monday.

The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled. Reports of Petty's death also prompted an outpouring of grief on Twitter, where he was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. Musicians such as Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those posting remembrances.


(WISN)-- Tom Petty is still reportedly clinging to life after reports of his death were said to have been confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department and CBS News.

LAPD tweeted that they did not confirm the rock star’s death, as reported.

“The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources,” tweeted the LAPD official account. “However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”

CBS News posted that Petty’s death was confirmed but TMZ reported that its sources are claiming that Petty is still clinging to life. TMZ said the family of Petty had a do not resuscitate order and did not expect him to live throughout the day.

Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida. He dropped out of school at the age of 17 to start his music career. Petty, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench first came together in the early seventies as “Mudcrutch” in their hometown of Gainesville, Florida. The group first signed onto the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Shelter Records.

After recording a couple of singles as Mudcrutch, the group disbanded but later came together and renamed themselves as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

He was best known for songs such as “Free Fallin,’” “American Girl,” “Don’t do me like that” and “The Waiting” to name a few.

Petty once said, “I’d like to see us break some new ground and leave some sort of mark on the music. That would be the nicest thing—to give something back, as noble as it sounds. If you could make some little dent in rock, where that little area is yours—that’s what I’m striving for now.”

Overall, Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


MALIBU, Calif. (WKOW) -- Singer Tom Petty, 66, was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, according to the celebrity gossip site TMZ. 

He reportedly was transported to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where TMZ says he was put on life support.

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