Initial claims of rock stars death are retracted after LAPD apologizes for inadvertently provided information that suggested he had passed away
US singer Tom Petty is seriously ill in hospital after a suspected heart attack, according to reports.
The singer-songwriter was reportedly rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica hospital on Monday after being found unconscious in his Malibu home. Initial reports, based on LAPD sources who spoke to CBS News and Variety, said Petty had died.
However, LAPD later tweeted that the department has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty and any information had been inadvertently provided. The force apologized for any inconvenience in this reporting.
The musician gained fame as part of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the late 1970s, a band that was seen as integral to the heartland rock movement. Their biggest hits included I Wont Back Down and American Girl.
Petty was originally part of country rock band Mudcrutch who gained regional popularity but didnt attract a mainstream audience. They later reformed in 2007 but originally split after Petty and other members joined the Heartbreakers. In 1977 the band gained success with the song Breakdown but it was their second album Youre Gonna Get It! that became a top 40 hit.
Throughout the 80s, the band enjoyed major hits including You Got Lucky and Change of Heart and collaborated with Bob Dylan as well as Stevie Nicks. Petty continued to work with Dylan as part of the band Traveling Wilburys alongside Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.
Its shocking, crushing news, Bob Dylan told Rolling Stonein an earlier statement. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and Ill never forget him.