Tom Petty 'Clinging to Life': TMZ

Singer was reportedly found in full cardiac arrest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2017 2:59 PM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2017 5:57 PM CDT
Tom Petty Suffers Cardiac Arrest: Report
Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers seen at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.   (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

CBS News cited the LAPD in its report—which it said was confirmed—that Tom Petty had died at age 66, but now the LAPD says it has no information on the well-being of the singer, the AP reports. TMZ originally reported the singer had been taken off life support Monday after being hospitalized Sunday night, and the gossip site now says he is not expected to survive the day but is still "clinging to life." Sources tell the gossip site Petty was found in full cardiac arrest, unconscious and not breathing, at his Malibu home. EMTs got a pulse and he was initially placed on life support at a nearby hospital, but sources told TMZ Petty was found to have no brain activity at the hospital and life support was ultimately pulled.

CBS is still reporting it got its initial information from the LAPD, but it has retracted its statement that Petty has died. Variety also retracted its obituary for the singer. Petty, the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had just finished a big tour last Monday. (More Tom Petty stories.)

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