Tom Petty has been removed from life support at the age of 66.
The move came after tests confirmed the Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers lead singer had no brain function on Monday morning, hours after he suffered a devastating cardiac arrest.
The veteran star had been found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home on Sunday night, as first reported by TMZ.
Responding to a 911 call, emergency services resuscitated Petty before rushing him to hospital in nearby Santa Monica.
Los Angeles police initially confirmed Petty’s death to CBS News on Monday, although later tweeted an apology.
‘The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources,’ they tweeted.
Representatives for the singer have yet to respond to requests for comment.
TMZ reported that the singer had a current Do Not Resuscitate order and both his family and a chaplain were at his bedside when life support was removed.
On Monday afternoon, TMZ posted an audio recording of the 911 emergency call Petty’s wife Dana made after finding her husband unresponsive.
She tells the dispatcher that Petty wasn’t breathing and was lying on the floor.
The dispatcher tries to talk her through performing CPR before Dana says that Petty was breathing ‘very shallow breaths’ at which point she was instructed to stop CPR, place him on his left side and wait for paramedics to arrive.
There was also a man, not identified, who was with her at the time and who also briefly spoke with emergency services.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Famer Petty first found fame in the 1970s with his band releasing hits including Breakdown, American Girl, The Waiting, Free Fallin’, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around and Listen to Her Heart.
He had success both as part of The Heartbreakers - with whom he worked on and off for 40 years - and as a solo artist.
He also formed part of the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.