October 3, 2017


Tom Petty, Legendary Rocker, Dead at 66

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Update (October 3): Legendary rock'n'roll star Tom Petty passed away age 66. He suffered cardiac arrest at his Malibu home in the morning of Oct. 2 before he passed at 8:40PM in UCLA Medical Center.

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," Petty's manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement. "He died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

The sad confirmation came after conflicting reports about the rocker's status coming throughout Monday, Oct. 2.

Update (5:09PM): Despite initially reporting a confirmation that Tom Petty had died, CBS News shared an update saying the Los Angeles Police Department could not confirm the reports of the legendary singer's death. TMZ says Petty is still clinging to life which CBS added in an update to their report saying, "An earlier LAPD report which confirmed the singer's death, and which CBS reported, has since been clarified." 

The LAPD later tweeted out an apology, "The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer 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."

See below for more and stay tuned to Fuse for more on this developing story.

Original Story (4:00PM): Tom Petty, the legendary rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is reportedly dead after a full cardiac arrest, according to a report from CBS News. He was 66.

CBS News report a confirmation following the news from a TMZ report sharing that the musician was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night, October 1. TMZ adds that Petty was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.

Since rising to fame in the '70s with The Heartbreakers, Petty was known for singing rock classics like "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Listen to the Heart" and more. In the '80s, Petty was a member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.Petty had performed as recently as last Monday for three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl as the conclusion to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour.

Below watch a classic Fuse mini doc on Sound City, the iconic recording studio where Tom Petty recorded classic albums like 1979's Damn the Torpedoes, 1981's Hard Promises and his 1994 solo album Wild Flowers and more: