TMZ: Tom Petty death reports premature

Reports of Tom Petty’s death are premature, according to a new report from TMZ, although they say the 66-year-old singer is not expected to survive through the day.

TMZ reported earlier today Petty had been taken to an area hospital after being found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night.

“Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom’s hospital room,” TMZ posted a short time ago. “We’re told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. handled the emergency.”

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CBS News reported not long after TMZ’s initial report that the LAPD had confirmed Petty’s death. The LAPD posted the following response to the report on Twitter.

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