Despite his easy-going, affable persona, Petty endured a rough childhood, living in poverty with an alcoholic, abusive father and a mother who was in fear of her husband. CBS has since amended its story, and the trade Variety also retracted its obituary, which cited an unnamed source confirming Petty's death. He'd suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu.
Bob Dylan said in a statement, "It's shocking, crushing news".
Many members of the News 12 New Jersey on-air staff were big Tom Petty fans and were personally impacted by his death.
"And we thought, what if we tried to get Tom Petty?". However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter.
According to TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department handled the emergency. "Life is short. Live it. Love u all".
See below for original story published. Bassist for the TNMC, John Stark, has been playing music for over 50 years, but yesterday's loss of Tom Petty he said gives him a chance to remember one fateful encounter.
The iconic musician was found unconscious at his Malibu home from a suspected cardiac arrest. Later in the day after discovering that Petty was brain dead, his family made a decision to pull him off life support, spurring premature reports of his death.
Unlike much entertainment journals, TMZ - which initially reported that the rock star was hospitalized - says Petty is still alive.
Many artists and celebrities were devastated after hearing the news about Petty's death and they couldn't believe that #The Rock legend had left the music world. He returned to the limelight in the late "80s/early '90s with singles like "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Free Fallin".
Just last week, Petty took the stage at Hollywood Bowl in what would be his final concert performance, with Violette watching proudly in the audience.