[Update] Tom Petty dead at 66

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Update 11:11pm CT, Oct 2: Spokeswoman tells the AP that rock musician Tom Petty has passed away.

Update 4:58pm CT, Oct. 2: A CBS News report stated earlier that Petty was dead, per comment from the LAPD. According to a TMZ reporter, that report was false, and Petty is, as of Monday afternoon, “still clinging to life.”

Tom Petty, known for his hits “American Girl” and “Free Fallin’,” has died, it has been confirmed by CBS News.

The 66-year-old musician was found unconscious after suffering cardiac arrest in his Malibu home on Sunday night, according to TMZ, and was rushed to the hospital. On Monday afternoon, TMZ updated its previous tweet about Petty, claiming he’d been taken off life support.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played the Hollywood Bowl a week ago, wrapping up their 40th-anniversary tour.

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Audra Schroeder

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