Erroneous reports about Tom Petty’s death cause confusion

Amy Harris

ARCHIVO – Tom Petty de Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers en KAABOO 2017 en San Diego, California en una fotografía de archivo del 17 de septiembre de 2017. Un vocero del Departamento de Policía de Los Angeles dijo que no tiene información sobre el estado de salud de Tom Petty y que los otros voceros de la policía no proporcionaron la información que CBS News usó para reportar que el rockero había fallecido el 2 de octubre de 2017. (Foto Amy Harris/Invision/AP, archivo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For several hours Monday, music lovers believed Tom Petty was dead.

Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death Monday retracted their stories later Monday. The Walk of Fame tribute was canceled.

The confusion started with CBS News and the Los Angeles Police Department. CBS published Petty’s obituary after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed his death. The trade paper Variety followed, citing an unnamed source confirming the rocker’s death.

Then the LAPD issued a statement saying it has no information on Petty’s condition and that “initial information was inadvertently provided to…

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