Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy, has died.
Petty was first believed to be dead when CBS News and other sources reported that the LAPD and law enforcement confirmed his death.
TMZ contradicted that information not long after and reported that Petty’s family said he was still clinging to life.
LAPD tweeted that they did not confirm the rock star’s death.
“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.”
The statement, sent by Tony Dimitriades, manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, reads: “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. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken tobut could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Spokeswoman Carla Sacks confirmed the information to the Associated Press.
Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last.
“I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country,” Petty told Rolling Stone last year. “We’re all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
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