Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty was clinging to life today — with some news reports saying he was already dead — after going into full cardiac arrest Sunday night at his home in Malibu, Calif.
TMZ.com reported at 1:35 p.m. PT today that Petty was still alive but was not expected to live through today.
An earlier report by CBS News that Petty had already died, citing a report by the LAPD, was later clarified to reflect that Petty was not yet dead. Meanwhile, Variety reported separately that Petty had in fact died following the heart attack — only to later clarify the story to say Petty was still alive. Variety also cited the LAPD as the source of the incorrect information.
“Police responded to his home a 10:50 p.m. Sunday night and he was transferred to UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center, where he was on life support until Monday,” Variety reports, noting: “Petty toured all summer across the U.S., with the last date at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25. He had been scheduled to play two dates in New York in November. However, he had canceled a few shows during the tour for laryngitis.”
The LAPD issued a series of tweets about Petty’s health crisis, expressing regret for previous miscommunication. You can see one of the LAPD tweets below.