Legendary U.S. Rocker Tom Petty Dead at 66 After Suffering Cardiac Arrest

Conflicting reports had earlier stated that the 66-year-old rocker had passed away after being found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home

Musician Tom Petty in New York, NY, U.S. on June 9, 2016
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U.S. rocker Tom Petty died on Tuesday morning at age 66 after conflicting reports circulated on Monday regarding the status of his health. He was said to be clinging to life in a southern California hospital over night Monday. His manager confirmed his death on Tuesday morning.

CBS News, citing Los Angeles Police Department, had earlier Monday reported that Petty, 66, had died. The LAPD had later said on Twitter that it was not privy to "information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources." 

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unidentified sources, reported later that Petty was not expected to live much longer but was "still clinging to life." 
Representatives for the singer did not return calls for comment or confirmation on Petty's condition. 

TMZ.com said earlier that Petty was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after being found unconscious, not breathing and in cardiac arrest. The website said he had been placed on life support, and that his family has a do not resuscitate order. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it had responded to a call in Malibu on Sunday and had transported a male to the hospital. A spokeswoman gave no further details. 

Rock singer Petty, best known for hits like "Free Fallin,'" "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "American Girl," was on a 40th anniversary tour of the United States with his band The Heartbreakers, playing three dates in September at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.