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The Los Angeles Police Department just tweeted the department “has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty," despite the fact that “Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."

Lots of outlets reported that Petty had died after suffering cardiac arrest, and that the LAPD had confirmed Petty’s death (though in fact, the false confirmation had been given by the LA County Sheriff's Department)—CBS News is believed to have been first. Every single person I know on Facebook is tied for a close second.

What remains un-retracted, is that, per TMZ's original report, "Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest." His pulse was restored and he was hospitalized at UCLA Santa Monica. Then, "after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support." And further, according to "sources," "at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room. We're told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he's still clinging to life."

Dear media: