Erroneous Reports About Tom Petty’s Death Cause Confusion

Los Angeles( AP) — For several hours Monday, music admirers concluded Tom Petty was dead.

Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among scores of love affixing remembers on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. A memorial was scheduled for his hotshot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

But the 66 -year-old entertainer is still alive, and report stores that announced his death Monday repudiated their floors subsequently Monday. The Accompany of Fame tribute was canceled.

The confusion started with CBS News and the Los Angeles Police Department. CBS wrote Petty’s obituary after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed his death. The commerce newspaper Variety followed, citing an unnamed beginning proving the rocker’s death.

Then the LAPD issued a statement saying it has no information on Petty’s condition and that “initial information was mistakenly provided to some media sources.”

“We apologize for any drawback in this reporting, ” the department said.

CBS and Variety reformed their tales. CBS News also released a statement maintaining that it “reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about Tom Petty.”

“The LAPD subsequently said it was not in a position to confirm information about the vocalist, ” the statement said.

Both CBS and Variety now cite TMZ reporting that says Petty is “clinging to life” after accepting cardiac arrest.

An LAPD spokesman said in an interrogation Monday that its spokespeople did not respond to any incident concerning Petty. Officer Tony Im said he could not rule out that someone in government departments spoke to reporters, but said here LAPD has no investigate character in the matter.

Coroner’s officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty’s death. Fire officials have said they responded to situations of emergency call for a soul knowledge cardiac arrest on the stymie where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was may be necessary to a local hospital.

Petty’s manager did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment Monday.


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