Tom Petty, the long-haired rocker whose famously nasal voice was behind some of rock’s greatest hits, was in the hospital Monday as unconfirmed reports of his death circulated.
The “Free Fallin’” singer, 66, was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home, and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital Sunday, where he “had no brain activity,” according to TMZ.
The gossip site reported that Petty was taken off life support on a do not resuscitate order from his family, and is currently “clinging to life.”
Throughout his prolific career, Petty notched three Grammy wins and 18 nominations, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Gainesville, Fla., native launched his indelible legacy at 17, when he quit high school to join the Florida band Mudcrutch.
In doing so, he escaped an abusive father; a charming, charismatic man with a violent drunk streak. Music, Petty told Men’s Journal in 2014, was a “safe place.”
SOURCE: RACHEL DESANTIS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS