• Allison McMillian

Tom Petty's death falsely reported


Music legend Tom Petty reportedly died Monday night at age 66 from a massive heart attack. He used to sing rock, classic rock, and pop music. Some media outlets, such as CBS News and Rolling stone, announced his death hours before he died because they collected false information from the Los Angeles Police Department, according to Fox News.

CBS reported that Petty died Monday afternoon, based on information obtained from the Police Department. The Police Department tweeted that it had "no information about the passing" and “initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources," also according to Fox News.

“However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting,” the LAPD wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Officer Tony Im said he could not rule out that someone in the department spoke to reporters but said the LAPD has no investigative role in the matter, according to the Associated Press.

“CBS News reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about Tom Petty. The LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm information about the singer and that ‘initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources.’ In that statement, the LAPD also apologized for ‘any inconvenience in this reporting,’” the rep said, according to Fox News.

Annakim Violette, Petty's daughter, called out Rolling Stone, and said some vulgar words to describe them. TMZ reported on Sunday that Petty was unconscious, in full cardiac arrest, and was not expected to live through Monday.

“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. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends,” said Tony Dimitriades, Petty's manager.

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