Even though it was announced earlier that Tom Petty died at the age of 66, new reports indicate he is still alive but clinging to life.
UPDATE: TMZ is now reporting that Petty is still alive. They write, “Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom’s hospital room. We’re told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. handled the emergency.”
UPDATE: CBS News has clarified its earlier statement that Petty had died: “Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is clinging to life in a Los Angeles hospital, according to TMZ. An earlier LAPD report which confirmed the singer’s death, and which CBS reported, has since been clarified.”
Petty was reported to have been found unconscious in full cardiac arrest last night. According to TMZ, Petty was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.
Even though he was reportedly found with a pulse and rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, TMZ said “after Petty got to the hospital, he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.”
His condition was listed as critical from the time he was discovered.
Petty’s most recent tour wrapped up just last week in California with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. The tour launched back in April and was being celebrated as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th-anniversary tour.
While Petty himself suggested that he didn’t want to perform huge tours like that anymore in the future, longtime guitarist Mke Campbell didn’t think his bandmate was serious about pulling off the road. “Tom is really happy,” he said before the tour started. “The band is playing great. I think we’re sounding better than we’ve ever sounded, and we’re inspired. It’s very exciting for us. And the band is really rising to the occasion and everybody is in a great place right now. I think we can keep going for a while.”