LOS ANGELES — Rocker Tom Petty has been hospitalized after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest Sunday night, TMZ reported.
Several media outlets have reported that Petty passed away; however, TMZ says the singer is “still clinging to life.”
The entertainment website said it was told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Petty; TMZ also said a report being made by some that LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department says it has no information on the well-being of Tom Petty and its spokespeople did not provide info CBS News used to report the rocker had died.
Officer Tony Im said Monday that the LAPD did not respond to any incident involving the rocker. CBS has since amended its story, and the trade Variety also retracted its obituary, which cited an unnamed source confirming Petty’s death.
“It was not our office, definitely not,” Im said Monday afternoon. “If it’s not a police matter, our public information office does not comment on stuff like that”
“We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting,” the department said in a statement.
TMZ notes that while the singer is not expected to live through the day, he is still alive.
When paramedics arrived at Petty’s Malibu home Sunday, he was not breathing, TMZ said.
Petty, 66, was rushed to Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support, the website said.
Coroner’s officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty’s death. Fire officials have said they responded to an emergency call for a man experience cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.
Petty’s manager did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment Monday.
The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled. Reports of Petty’s death also prompted an outpouring of grief on Twitter, where he was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. Musicians such as Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those posting remembrances.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.