Singer remains in critical condition: CBS News retracts report confirming Tom Petty’s death after receiving misinformation – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
December 13, 2017

Singer remains in critical condition: CBS News retracts report confirming Tom Petty’s death after receiving misinformation

There are conflicting reports in the US this morning regarding the alleged death of legendary singer Tom Petty.

The singer who is regarded as a global icon, has become the subject of much discussions over the past few hours after a number of media outlets in the US reported his death.

Petty who is apparently in critical condition in hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Sunday, was wrongly confirmed dead by CBS News after they received misinformation from the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to reports stateside the bizarre confirmation came after CBS cited the LAPD as official source when confirming the ‘Free Fallin’ singers death.

However a mere few hours after Petty’s death was reported the LAPD reported on Twitter that they had, “no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty.”

They also added: “Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources”.

The rather confusing fiasco also seen fans of the legendary singer pay tribute to him after the Celebrity website TMZ.com reported that he had been taken off life support due to him suffering major brain damage. Although the website did not clarify if Petty had died.

A short time later the website updated their report to state that Petty remains in critical condition in hospital, but ‘Petty is not expected to live much longer’ and he is thought to be ‘clinging on to life’.

Reports say Petty’s management team have been contacted but they have declined to provide any update on his condition.

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