Tom Petty, rock ‘n’ roll royalty, reportedly dead at 66

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1:50 p.m. PT UPDATE: Updated to reflect new report that Petty still alive, but “not expected to live through the day.”

Tom Petty, the gaunt, unassuming rocker with the sly grin, sleepy demeanor and biting voice whose decades of American rock ‘n’ roll hitmaking put him among the best-selling music artists of all time, has suffered a cardiac arrest and was “not expected to live through the day,” TMZ reported Monday.

CBS News reported that the 66-year-old had died, citing Los Angeles Police Department sources. But the LAPD later tweeted that it had released that information inadvertently and TMZ updated its post to say he was still clinging to life but “is not expected to live through the day.” An email to Petty’s music agent was not immediately returned. Read more…

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