CBS News and the LAPD are backtracking on initial reports that musician Tom Petty died Monday at the age of 66.
First citing the LAPD, CBS News reported Monday afternoon that Petty was taken off life support and died at a Los Angeles hospital. The LAPD and Sheriff's Department would not confirm the news to The Hollywood Reporter, and added that they have not confirmed the news to anyone.
CBS News' report currently cites TMZ as saying that Petty is still "clinging to life" at a local hospital.
arlier on Monday, TMZ first reported Petty was found in full cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu. Local authorities would not confirm who it was, but they did tell THR that they responded to a Malibu home on Monday morning where a man suffered a heart attack. The man was in critical condition and rushed to the hospital, they told THR.
CBS News has since deleted its tweet about Petty's death, which cited LAPD sources.
A statement was sent later Monday afternoon by a CBS News spokesperson: "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 LAPD later tweeted out an apology: "The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly [sic] provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."