LATEST UPDATE: TMZ say Petty is expected to pass away today, but hasn’t yet.
UPDATE: Petty has died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Details soon.
Legendary singer Tom Petty, who is well-known as the lead singer of “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” and as the co-founder of the 1980s supergroup the “Traveling Wilburys,” is brain dead after being rushed to hospital, TMZ reports. (more)
Petty, 66, was found unconscious and not breathing at his home in Malibu on Sunday night, according to entertainment news website TMZ. Paramedics were able to get a pulse and he was rushed to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
The website reported that Petty was in critical condition when he was taken to hospital, where he was put on life support. Doctors later determined that there was no brain activity and a decision was made to withdraw life support, TMZ said. It’s unclear whether life support has already been withdrawn.
Representatives for the singer have not provided any information as of writing.
Petty scored a number of hits throughout his career, which spanned about 47 years. He became one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 80 million records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
We’re working to gather more information.