om Petty, frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is in the hospital following a heart attack that left him unresponsive in his Malibu home.
Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as "American Girl," and "Listen to Her Heart." The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, but Petty was also extremely successful as a solo artist, recording such hits as "Free Fallin" and "I Won't Back Down."
Conflicting reports of Petty's death have emerged.
The LAPD initially reported Petty’s death after he was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life-support early Monday afternoon, but then clarified, “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources, however, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”
Petty's family reportedly had a "do not resuscitate" order, commonly known as a DNR.
Petty had been feeling sickly in previous weeks and had to cancel shows, but he rallied in time to wrap up a massive 40th anniversary tour, which included three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.
In an interview to Rolling Stone, Petty said of the tour, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road.”
Mourners have already begun to memorialize him.