Saturday 24 March 2018

Musician Tom Petty 'clinging to life' - LAPD earlier confirmed death but says information 'inadvertently' provided

Tom Petty
Tom Petty

Jill Serjeant and Piya Sinha-Roy

US rocker Tom Petty is reported to be "clinging to life" after suffering a cardiac arrest.

CBS News had earlier reported that Petty (66) had died after life support was switched off following cardiac arrest on Sunday.

TMZ later reported, citing unidentified sources, that Petty was not expected to live much longer but was "still clinging to life."

The LAPD said on Twitter: "The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty.

Musician Tom Petty and his wife Dana York
Musician Tom Petty and his wife Dana York
Tom Petty after being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Singer Tom Petty, Elizabeth Taylor and Fisher in LA in 2005
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Paul McCartney join George Harrison's widow Olivia and his son Dhani, right, in celebrating a posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame star dedication to the late Beatle in LA
Tom Petty speaks at a ceremony where Jeff Lynne receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Tom Petty
Tom Petty
Tom Petty

"Initial information was inadvertantly (sic) provided to some media sources.

"However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter.

"We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."

Representatives for the singer did not return calls for comment or confirmation on Petty's condition.


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