Tom Petty has died at age 66
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A spokesperson tells the Associated Press that Tom Petty has died at 66.
Petty was found unconscious and rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after suffering a full cardiac arrest.
The artist was pulled off of life support after showing no signs of brain activity.
Petty, who recently finished his latest tour in Los Angeles last week, was in his home when EMTs transported the singer to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
Petty, a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, had two scheduled tour dates in New York on Nov. 8 and 9, according to his Facebook page.
He is best known for his single, "Free Fallin'," which has over 32 million views on YouTube.
The music artist's last tweet was posted at 12:39 p.m. eastern time on Monday. Petty is seen in the picture from 1996 with Ed Burns, director of "She's The One," in 1996.
Petty's band is celebrating their 40th anniversary.
Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide making him one of the best selling musicians of all time. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Ironically, according to IMDB, his birthday on Oct. 20 coincides with the anniversary of the deaths of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, bandmate Steve Gaines and sister Cassie Gaines who were all involved in a plane crash.
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, Petty hinted that his latest tour would most likely be his last.
"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," says Petty. "It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."
Petty, the winner of three Grammys and 18 total nominations, operated his own radio station on SiriusXM Satellite Radio which played all of his hits. He also maintained his own interview show called "Tom Talks to Cool People."
Reports surfaced on Monday afternoon that Petty passed away despite the fact he was still alive at that moment.
CBS News cited information they received from the Los Angeles Police Department. But the LAPD responded on Twitter saying they have no information regarding the singer's passing and did not have a role in the investigation.
People Magazine also reported the singer's passing citing their own sourcing. The magazine has since pulled back and only references CBS' previous report.
Petty is survived by two spouses, two daughters and a granddaughter. He was married to Jane Benyo from 1974 to 1996 and then later married Dana York, who he met at his concert, in 2001.