Earlier today we blogged, based on a report by CBS News, that rocker Tom Petty had passed away. As we and the rest of country later learned, thanks to Hollywood gossip rag TMZ, CBS News was wrong and while he remains in critical condition, Petty is still alive.

According to TMZ, singer Tom Petty, 66, was rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest. The report also indicates a decision was made to remove Petty from life support when he arrived at the hospital brain dead.

From TMZ:

UPDATE: We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.


Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support.

Petty’s condition is unknown but was critical from the moment he was found.

Petty, who became famous with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1978 with “Breakdown,” is 66.

We’ve been in touch with numerous people from Petty’s camp and they are clearly upset but not talking.

Monday afternoon, local law enforcement confirmed Petty had passed:

All major news outlets reported the singer dead (confirmation we wait for and rely upon before running with any story or even parts of a story), but TMZ who broke the news of Petty’s condition now says Petty is still alive, but barely:

Tweeted just two days ago from Petty’s official Twitter account:

Though it was reported prematurely, Petty did pass away Monday night. Statement from his family:

Mark Hemingway with a great post on Petty and his cultural significance.

One of my personal favs, being a huge Nicks, Fleetwood Mac fan:

This one too:

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