TMZ: Tom Petty taken to hospital in full cardiac arrest

TMZ: Tom Petty taken to hospital in full cardiac arrest

TMZ: Tom Petty taken to hospital in full cardiac arrest

Authorities told TMZ that Petty wasn't breathing and was in full cardiac arrest when he was discovered. Dimitriades noted in the statement that Petty died "peacefully", with his family, band-mates, and friends at his side.

Entertainment website TMZ has reported that Petty is "clinging to life" and is not expected to live much longer.

She asks that people respect the privacy of herself, as well as other family members, while they await answers related to his condition.

The news prompted tributes from some of the biggest figures in music, with Bob Dylan telling Rolling Stone magazine that Petty's death was "crushing" as he "thought the world" of him. With the help of some ex Mudcrutch personnel Petty went on to form The Heartbreakers releasing their self-titled debut album in 1976. The last Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album, Hypnotic Eye, was released 2014 and peaked at Number 7 in the UK.

Petty, a few days ago, his Twitter account said, "Thanks to everyone who's supported us for last 40 years, we wouldn't be without you".

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Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, had recently wrapped a massive 40th anniversary tour, which also marked by a pair of career-spanning box sets.

"I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Tom's passing", said Eric Clapton in a statement.

Meanwhile fans paid their respects at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, surrounding it with flowers and candles in the wake of the rocker's death.

"Stop Draggin My Heart Around", "Free Fallin,'" "Don't Do Me Like That", "I Won't Back Down", "Don't Come Around Here No More", "You Don't Know How It Feels", "You Got Lucky", "Refugee", and "Mary Jane's Last Dance". But this was the thing that made me want to play music.

'This tour will take me away for four months. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".

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