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Update: Tom Petty dies at age 66

He went into cardiac arrest, but couldn't be revived.
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The legendary rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66. 

He was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after going into cardiac arrest at his home, but could not be revived, Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, said in a statement to CNN

He died at 8:40 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday. He was surrounded by family, bandmates and friends, the statement continued. 

40th anniversary tour

Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers stopped in the Twin Cities earlier this year as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

"American Girl" was the last song he performed at the Xcel Energy Center in June.

Petty was a three-time Grammy winner whose other hits included "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'," and "Runnin' Down a Dream."

He performed last week at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and was scheduled to finish his tour in New York in early November.

Petty's legacy

Over the course of his life, Tom Petty creatively bridged the gap between the Beatles and the era of MTV. His style and iconography left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, country, and pop music.

He had a successful solo career, which was highlighted by 1989's Full Moon Fever. Also in the '80s, he teamed up with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne to form the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

"It’s shocking, crushing news," Dylan told Rolling Stone. "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him."

The story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was captured in the 2007 documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, and Warren Zanes' 2015 book Petty: The Biography.

A spirited live performer, Petty brought his nuanced studio creations to life in concert. Here he is playing "American Girl" in 1985.

See below for the story from Monday evening.

Reports: Tom Petty 'clinging to life' after heart attack

Update: The Los Angeles Police Department has said that contrary to CBS News' report earlier, Tom Petty's death has not been confirmed.

TMZ reports that Petty is not expected to live out the day, "but he's still clinging to life."

A chaplain was called to his hospital room and the family has a do not resuscitate order on the rock legend.

CBS has deleted the original tweet in which it announced the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's death.

TMZ says Petty went into cardiac arrest at his Malibu, California, home, but EMTs who responded to the call detected a pulse and rushed him to a hospital where he was put on life support.

But sources said when brain activity was no longer detected he was removed from it.

40th anniversary tour 

Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers stopped in the Twin Cities earlier this year as part of their 40th anniversary tour. 

"American Girl" was the last song he performed at the Xcel Energy Center in June. 

Petty was a three-time Grammy winner whose other hits included "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'," and "Runnin' Down a Dream."

He performed last week at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and was scheduled to finish his tour in New York in early November.

Petty's legacy

Over the course of his life, Tom Petty creatively bridged the gap between the Beatles and the era of MTV. His style and iconography left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll, country, and pop music.

He had a successful solo career, which was highlighted by 1989's Full Moon Fever. Also in the '80s, he teamed up with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne to form the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

"It’s shocking, crushing news," Dylan told Rolling Stone. "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him."

The story of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was captured in the 2007 documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, and Warren Zanes' 2015 book Petty: The Biography.

A spirited live performer, Petty brought his nuanced studio creations to life in concert. Here he is playing "American Girl" in 1985.

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