Music Legend Tom Petty Dies at 66
This singer suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday night.
Update (9:25 p.m. PST): Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, has confirmed that Tom Petty has passed away. Dimitriades confirmed the news on behalf of the performer's family.
“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 to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived,” the statement read. “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Update (2:44 p.m. PST): According to TMZ, Tom Petty is not expected to make it through the day. It has not been confirmed whether the singer has passed away. A previous report that the LAPD confirmed the singer's death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. handled the emergency.
Rock legend Tom Petty was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home on Sunday night after reportedly suffering from cardiac arrest. TMZ reports that the musician was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he was put on life support.
Petty reportedly regained a pulse after being taken to the hospital, but was taken off of life support on Monday after it was found that he did not have any brain activity. His current condition is unknown and no official statement from Petty's family or his representatives has been made.
Petty has been a rock music icon since he burst onto the scene in 1976 with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His catalogue of hit songs includes "Free Fallin'," "American Girl," "I Won't Back Down," and "Wildflowers." He completed his most recent tour, which launched in April and honored the 40th anniversary of the Heartbreakers' debut, just this past Monday.
We will update this story as it develops...