Rocker Tom Petty dead at 66: family

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LOS ANGELES, CA: A man looks at the the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 2, 2017 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Tom Petty suffered a massive heart attack on October 2nd that has left him in very grave condition. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

October 3, 2017
NEW YORK (AFP) - Rocker Tom Petty died Monday after suffering cardiac arrest, his family confirmed, hours after news organizations retracted unconfirmed reports of his death.

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," a family statement said.

Petty -- the singer with his band The Heartbreakers of hits such as "I Won't Back Down" and "Free Fallin'" -- suffered cardiac arrest early Monday at his home in Malibu, the family said.

He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital but could not be revived and at 8:40 pm (0340 GMT) "died peacefully... surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," the statement said.

Celebrity news site TMZ and network CBS had earlier reported that he had already died, triggering an outraged denial from Petty's daughter.