Tributes to Tom Petty after reports of his death

2 October 2017, 20:54

Fans and fellow musicians have paid tribute to Tom Petty, amid reports that the songwriter is in a critical condition in hospital.

According to entertainment site TMZ, Petty was found "unresponsive" at his home in Malibu, California, on Monday.

Initial reports cited police sources as confirming his death, but the Los Angeles Police Department have since said they have no information about this.

The 66-year-old singer was taken to Santa Monica Hospital "in full cardiac arrest" and was found to be without brain activity on arrival, TMZ reported.

A chaplain is said to have been called to his room and a do not resuscitate order given.

Petty, who has been performing since the 1970s, is best known for classic rock songs including Learning to Fly and Free Fallin'.

Fellow musicians including Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Kid Rock and Nikki Sixx tweeted tributes to the singer.

Kid Rock said: "Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration."

Petty had recently finished a 40-year anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, with a final performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 21 September.

The 66-year-old posted a thank you note on Instagram after the show and later tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for supporting us for the last 40 years! Without YOU there'd be no US!"

Representatives of Petty could not immediately be reached for comment.

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