Los Angeles police deny confirming Tom Petty's death to CBS
Howard Alexander - News Editor
FILE PHOTO - In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego, Calif.
Image Credit: Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File
October 02, 2017 - 3:46 PM
LOS ANGELES - A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department says it has no information on the well-being of Tom Petty and its spokespeople did not provide info CBS News used to report the rocker had died.
Officer Tony Im said Monday that the LAPD did not respond to any incident involving the rocker.
CBS has since amended its story, and the trade Variety also retracted its obituary, which cited an unnamed source confirming Petty's death.
The news outlets reported Monday afternoon that Petty was dead at age 66. CBS did not cite a source in its story, but tweeted that LAPD confirmed Petty's death. CBS now says he is "clinging to life."
The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was cancelled.
News from © The Associated Press, 2017