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Tom Petty: Coroner's Inquiry Opened in Singer's Death

Tom Petty: Coroner's Inquiry Opened in Singer's Death

Tom Petty performs in June at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 October 2017 02:34 PM EDT

Tom Petty's death on Monday became the subject of a coroner's inquiry that was opened on Tuesday in Los Angeles, The Wrap reported. His death had been prematurely reported by CBS News, followed by numerous news sites and across social media.

The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died Monday evening in an LA hospital after falling unconscious the night before at his home in Malibu. He reportedly clung to life for hours after life-supporting treatment ended.

"We are conducting an inquiry into the death," a Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner office spokesman said on Tuesday, per The Wrap.

There was no indication whether the erroneous death reports or early speculation on the cause of death that started on Tuesday figured into the inquiry.

TMZ reported that Petty's wife, Dana York, called 911 about 10:45 p.m. Sunday telling dispatchers that the singer was not breathing and that Petty was placed on life support when he arrived at the hospital but there was no brain activity.

"An examination is conducted by a deputy medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of death," said the coroner's website. "The (department) will assess whether an autopsy and/or laboratory tests are required as part of the examination. If we do not require an autopsy for our official purposes, the legal next-of-kin may request that we perform one at his/her expense, if desired."

The long-time manager of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Tony Dimitriades, released a statement on the band's website on behalf of the family.

"…We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend Tom Petty," the statement said. "He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours (Monday) and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He peacefully died 8:40 p.m. PST surrounded by family, bandmates and friends."

The Wrap said the band had wrapped up a tour with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl ending Sept. 25.

Confusion about Petty's death started early Monday when CBS News posted an obituary of the singer, citing a source from the Los Angeles Police Department, but the singer was still alive, ABC News reported. CNN said Rolling Stone magazine also reported Petty's death prematurely.

Variety followed up with its own premature report about Petty's death, ABC News noted.

As the news spread, the police department issued a retraction, saying that "initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting," the department said, per ABC News.

Petty’s daughter was angry about the premature reports.

"How dare you report that my father has died just to get press because your articles and photos are so dated," AnnaKim Violet Petty, said on Instagram about Rolling Stone's inaccurate report. "This is my father not a celebrity. An artist and human being."

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Tom Petty's death on Monday became the subject of a coroner's inquiry that was opened on Tuesday in Los Angeles. His death had been prematurely reported by CBS News, followed by numerous news sites and across social media.
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