Rock and Roll Musician Tom Petty breathed his last this morning after suffering cardiac arrest. The lead singer of Heartbreakers was found unconscious in his Malibu home and was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital in Los Angeles.While several news agencies including CBS news reported his death and they cited LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) as their source. TMZ rubbished these reports saying he was alive and clinging to life in a Los Angeles Hospital. His daughter took to social media to clarify that he was still alive.
The LAPD too later said that "initial information was inadvertently provided by some media sources." In that statement, the LAPD also apologized for "any inconvenience in this reporting."
The conflicting reports about Petty’s condition led to widespread confusion. His longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirmed the death and laid all the confusion rest.
Born on October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, Petty formed his first band, Mudcrutch when he was 20-years-old. He gained popularity after the band released their sole single, “Depot Street”. After the band dissolved, he went on to form the iconic band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There was no turning back after that. Their legendary hits ‘Don’t Do Me Like That,’ ‘Refugee,’ ‘The Waiting,’ ‘You Got Lucky,’ and ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’ topped the charts for a long time.
The legendary singer struggled with heroin addiction in the ‘90s. Petty was put on life support after he was found unconscious. Reportedly, the decision to remove him from life support was made after it was found that he was lacking brain activity. Petty is survived by his wife, Dana; two daughters, Adria and Annakim; Dana’s son, Dylan; and his younger brother, Bruce.This summer, Petty completed the 40th anniversary tour of the Heartbreakers. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he had said, that the tour would likely be his ‘last big one.’ And it turned out to be his last one indeed.