American songwriter passes away following cardiac arrest...

Tom Petty has passed away, his manager has confirmed.

The American songwriter was found unconscious at home in California on Sunday night (October 1st), before being taken to hospital in Los Angeles.

TMZ initially reported that Tom Petty had passed away, only for LAPD to dismiss this report with the songwriter struggling in a critical condition.

Now Tom Petty's manager has confirmed news of the artist's passing, issuing a short statement:

"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

Enormously sad news, we'll be running a full tribute shortly.

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