TOM Petty has died at the age of 66 after being found unresponsive in “full cardiac arrest” in his home, according to reports.
The legendary Free Fallin’ rocker, 66, was rushed to hospital and put on life support after being found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, reports TMZ.
The confusion was sparked after the LAPD “inadvertently” provided information to some media outlets.
According to TMZ, emergency crews were unable to find a pulse and he was showing no signs of brain activity after arriving at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
His loved ones made the decision to switch off life support a short time later.
Petty burst onto the scene in 1976 with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
They had a stream of major hits, including I Won’t Back Down, American Girl, Runnin’ Down A Dream and Free Fallin’.
Over the years, the rock icon won 3 Grammys, racked up 18 nominations, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1988, Petty teamed up with music greats Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne to create Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1. It reached number three on the album chart and was certified triple platinum.
His band - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - had wrapped up their most recent tour just weeks ago. The four-month run of shows started in April and was in honour of their 40th anniversary.
They thanked fans for their support in a video posted on the band’s Facebook in late September.
Speaking to Rolling Stone late last year, Petty revealed the tour would likely be “the last big one”.
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” he told the publication. “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. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
As reports of Petty’s death broke, a number of celebrities and fellow musicians took to social media to pay tribute to him.