UPDATE: Tom Petty dead at 66

 

LOS ANGELES — ABC News confirmed late Monday night that rock legend Tom Petty had died.  He was 66.

The news followed an afternoon of reports that began with announcements of Petty’s death.  Those reports were later changed to say that the rock legend had been removed from life support but was still clinging to life.  Some of those reports blamed the Los Angeles Police Department for mistakenly providing information on Petty’s death to some media outlets.

Petty had been hospitalized earlier after he was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest Sunday night, TMZ reported.

When paramedics arrived at Petty’s Malibu home, he was not breathing, the entertainment website reported.

Petty was rushed to Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support, TMZ reported. Doctors took him off of life support after they found no brain activity.

The three-time Grammy winner had just finished a major tour last Monday with a final performance at Hollywood Bowl.

Here’s video of his Jazz Fest performance from 2012, courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation archive: