Amid conflicting reports about whether Tom Petty had been taken off life support, fans began to question what happened leading up to the singer's cardiac arrest.
Throughout the afternoon on Oct. 2 reports frequently changed about whether The Heartbreakers' frontman had died or was on life support. Initially, CBS News reported that the LAPD told CBS the singer had died.
But later in the day the LAPD apologized for any confusion, tweeting: "The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly [sic] provided to some media sources. However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting."
(1/2)The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer Tom Petty. Initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 2, 2017
(2/2) However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 2, 2017
As of 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday it was still unclear what spurred Tom Petty's heart attack. He was on tour around the United States over the summer. He finished the tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 25 but was due to have two shows in New York in November. He canceled because of laryngitis.
Two years ago, in October 2015, author Warren Zanes' book Petty: The Biography included wide-ranging and highly intimate interviews with Petty, who revealed that he struggled with heroin addiction in the 1990s and was abused by his father when he was young.
At the time, Petty said: "You start losing your soul. ... You realize one day, 'Shit, I've lost myself. I'm hanging out with people I wouldn't be seen with in a million years, and I have to get out of this.' I wanted to quit. Using heroin went against my grain. I didn't want to be enslaved to anything. So I was always trying to figure out how to do less, and then that wouldn't work."
"Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work," he continued. "It's an ugly f---ing thing. Really ugly. I fear that if I talk about it, people will think, 'Well, I could do it and get off.' But you can't. Very few people do."
Petty was extremely candid throughout the interviews, detailing alleged abuse by his father when he was growing up. "I remember it first happening when I was probably 4," Petty recalled. "Four, maybe 5, because it was a '55 Cadillac. I had this crappy slingshot my father had given me, a plastic thing, the first one I ever had. I was in the yard shooting this slingshot. And cars are driving by. I'm just like, 'I wonder if I can get a car.' And whack! This big Cadillac."
"It was going by pretty slowly, and I just nailed the fin on that thing," Petty recalled. "The car came to an immediate stop. The driver got out, and he was so f---ing mad ... I felt kind of weird, not knowing what was coming next."
"But when my father got home later, he came in, took a belt and beat the living shit out of me," the singer continued. "He beat me so bad that I was covered in raised welts, from my head to my toes. I mean, you can't imagine someone hitting a child like that. Five years old. I remember it so well. My mother and my grandmother laid me in my bed, stripped me, and they took cotton and alcohol, cleaning these big welts all over my body."
Given Petty's candor about his heroin addiction, fans wondered today whether drugs played a part in his cardiac arrest. But as of Monday evening, a link had not been made.
This story is still developing. Hollywood Take will continue to update you as new information emerges.