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Tom Petty's Death Erroneously Reported, Singer Still In Hospital

Tom Petty is still off life support and has a DNR issued.

Tom Petty is still off life support and has a DNR issued.

Earlier today we reported that legendary rock singer Tom Petty passed away after being taken off life support following cardiac arrest. The Petty was rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after he was found unconscious and not breathing in his home in Malibu, and today it was reported that Tom Petty had no brain activity and the decision to pull life support was made.

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All the above statements are true, but Tom Petty is currently still alive. The New York Times explains the situation and the erroneous reporting.

The news ricocheted around the web immediately: CBS News was reporting that Tom Petty was dead.

It kicked off widespread reaction and remembrances on Monday, with star singers like John Mayer, Shania Twain and Jon Bon Jovi all paying tribute to Mr. Petty on Twitter.

It soon emerged, however, that the news was premature.

When CBS reported Mr. Petty’s death on Twitter, preceded by a capitalized banner “JUST IN,” the network attributed the news to the Los Angeles Police Department. In an article published online, there was no mention of the L.A.P.D., merely the phrase “CBS News has confirmed.” (CBS later deleted the tweet.)

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New York Times further states that the misinformation has either been obtained originally from CBS or Variety.

The CBS news division said in a statement: “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.” (Independently of the CBS report, Variety also reported that Mr. Petty had died and later updated its article, citing the Police Department statement.)

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has also taken to Twitter to say that the information was unintentionally provided to media sources, meaning it either leaked or someone said something they shouldn't have said.

More information as it becomes available.

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