New report: Rock legend Tom Petty 'clinging to life'

(PHOTO: T. Petty / Instagram)

5:11 p.m.

A representative for the Tom Petty family told media outlet TMZ that the musician is not expected to live through the night, but he is currently "clinging to life" in an Los Angeles hospital.

They also noted that an earlier statement from police officials announcing Petty's death was inaccurate.

Petty was taken off life support after going into cardiac arrest Sunday night, the statement also said, which noted that Petty has a 'do not resuscitate' order in place.


Tom Petty, who headed up a frat band that became a favorite in Gainesville, Florida that eventually spanned into a Hall of Fame career with his group the Heartbreakers has died in California after he went into cardiac arrest Sunday night. He was 66.

Petty and his group had just completed a four-month tour celebrating the band's 40th anniversary. Several media sources including TMZ said the singer-songwriter and curator of his own station on Sirius XM satellite radio was taken off life support on Monday.

Mudcrutch was the name of the group Petty first performed with when he got into the music business. The Heartbreakers formed in the 1970s and produced a string of hit albums and singles. He also had a successful solo career and was a member of the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with the late George Harrison, the late Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne from Electric Light Orchestra.

Petty and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002

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