This is devastating. At age 66, Tom Petty, lead singer of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, has died after succumbing to cardiac arrest, according to a spokeswoman for the family, who confirmed the unfortunate news to the Los Angeles Times.
Closer Weekly reported earlier today that the “Breakdown” singer suffered cardiac arrest and was found “clinging to life” at an LA-based hospital. A spokesperson said at the time, “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently [sic] provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.” Unfortunately, at this point, this news happens to be true. At the time, Tom was placed on life support at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
His manager released a statement to E! News, reading, “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. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”
Tom won three Grammy awards throughout his impressive career and recently wrapped the beloved band’s final tour. He previously told Rolling Stone, “I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his bandmates, family, friends, fans, and loved ones in the wake of this unfortunate tragedy. May he rest in peace.