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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66

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    Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66

    Rock legend Tom Petty died Monday evening after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center and could not be revived, his manager confirmed. 

    Petty was reportedly hospitalized Sunday night after he fell unconscious and was in cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.

    Monday afternoon, several websites reported that Petty was dead. CBS News cited LAPD sources in their tweet about his death, but later retracted after the department publicly said it did not provide that information.

    Coroner's officials said early Monday they had not received a report of Petty's death. Fire officials said they responded to an emergency call for a man experience cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.

    The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled. Reports of Petty's death also prompted an outpouring of grief on Twitter, where he was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. Musicians such as Juliette Lewis, Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among those posting remembrances.

    Tony Dimitriades, Petty's longtime manager, later said the musician died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. Monday "surrounded by his family, his bandmates and friends." 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.