CBS backtracks on reports of Tom Petty's death

CBS News amended a story that originally reported that rocker Tom Petty had died after the Los Angeles Police Department said its spokespeople did not provide such information.

Petty's death was confirmed by a statement from his manager hours after CBS backtracked on its original report. 

Petty, 66, reportedly went into cardiac arrest at his Malibu, Calif., home on Sunday night and was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he reportedly died Monday at 8:40 p.m. local time.

But LAPD spokesperson Tony Im said earlier Monday that the department did not respond to any incident involving the Hall of Fame performer. 

“The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources,” the police department wrote in a Twitter post. 

“However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”

After CBS and Variety magazine ran with the story, it was picked up by multiple media outlets across the country. 


Petty's death was later confirmed in a statement from Tony Dimitriades, his longtime manager.

CBS News issued a statement late Monday afternoon contending that it had only "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," the network maintained. 

CBS's official Twitter feed had also attributed the report of Petty’s death to the LAPD. That tweet has since been deleted, however. 

Petty won three Grammy awards and was nominated 18 times. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was formed in 1976 and had just completed its 40th anniversary tour. 

—Updated at 12:21 a.m. Tuesday.