Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rocker was found at home in full cardiac arrest
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2017 11:24 PM CDT
Updated Oct 3, 2017 1:07 AM CDT
Tom Petty Dead at 66
Tom Petty performs with his band The Heartbreakers on Day 1 of the inaugural 2017 Arroyo Seco Music Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.   (Photo by Joseph Longo/Invision/AP)

Iconic rocker Tom Petty is dead at age 66, a spokesperson confirms to the AP. The news comes after a day of confusing reports on Petty's condition. Per TMZ, he was found at his home Sunday night in full cardiac arrest and was placed on life support; his family decided to remove him from life support when it became clear he had no brain activity. "On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," the longtime manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers says in a statement, per Rolling Stone. "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 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends." (More Tom Petty stories.)

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