Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition after going into full cardiac arrest on Oct. 1, according to a new report. Here’s the latest.
**UPDATE** Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers put out the following release in the early hours of Oct. 3 confirming the rocker’s Oct. 2 death: “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Legendary rocker Tom Petty, 66, was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Oct.1, and was reportedly put on life support upon arriving to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, according to TMZ. The site reports that the singer was not breathing upon arrival of EMTs, and that he went into full cardiac arrest. When officials arrived at Tom’s residence, they were reportedly able to get a pulse, but his condition was still critical once he arrived to the hospital. Tom reportedly had no brain activity when he got to the hospital, and TMZ reports that a decision has been made to pull life support. The 66-year-old’s family and/or team have yet to make an official statement.
“We received a call at 10:45 p.m. for an older man in cardiac arrest,” the LA County Fire Department confirmed to HollywoodLife.com in a statement.”When EMTs arrived at the residence, they immediately began life-saving procedures and at the patient was transported to a local hospital. At the moment, we can’t confirm the age of the man or that it is Tom Petty, as much of those determinations will be made by the hospital medical staff.”
Tom gained worldwide fame as a member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Although the height of the band’s success was in the 70s and 80s, they continue to perform to this day, and even released an album in 2014. The iconic band actually just wrapped up a tour at the end of September, which closed out with a string of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in honor of the group’s 40th anniversary. “They were some of his best shows ever,” a concertgoer told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I’ve seen him tons of times. He was great, sounded good and was running around stage like usual. He was telling funny stories to the audience. He always fully connects with the crowd and makes it very intimate. There was no sense that anything was wrong with him at all.” When the band announced the tour at the end of 2016, Tom admitted that it would probably be their last massive tour with so many shows throughout the country.
Tom is married to Dana York Epperson, his second wife. The couple met in 1991 when she attended one of his concerts, but he was still married to Jane Benyo at the time. With Jane, Tom also shares two kids, Adria Petty and Kimberly Violette Petty. Our thoughts are with the family during this terrifying ordeal.
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