UPDATE #3: UPDATE: While many major news outlets have announced that Tom Petty has passed away based on a report from CBS News, the LAPD has since announced that they cannot confirm that Petty has died, conflicting the story’s initial source.UPDATE #2: CBS News confirms that Tom Petty passed away today, at the age of 66. UPDATE #1: TMZ: We’re told after Tom Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.Iconic rock and roll singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Petty was reportedly rushed to the hospital last night after he was found unconscious, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest. Petty’s health scare was first reported by TMZ, who say that the information was confirmed to them by local law enforcement officials.As TMZ reports, “EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support. Petty’s condition is unknown but was critical from the moment he was found [on Sunday night].”TMZ has also reported having been in touch with numerous people from Petty’s camp, who were “clearly upset but not talking.”Petty, aged 66, broke out as a pop/rock star with his band, The Heartbreakers, following their hit song “Breakdown,” the first of many from Petty and his band over the years.Tom Petty has been touring extensively with The Heartbreakers all year, most recently on September 25th at The Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, CA.The latest news from CBS Los Angeles states that Petty is currently on life support. Please join us in sending your thoughts and prayers to Tom Petty’s family and friends during this terrible time. We love you, Tom![Cover photo via Billboard]
Photo: FacebookWest Lafayette, In. — A 120-year-old tradition at Purdue University has been abruptly closed by school officials. The Purdue Rifle and Pistol Club has been evicted from the campus armory following a claim of lead poisoning by administrators.On the group’s Facebook page the post was made:“While they claim it is about lead contamination, we have heard opposing stories from Purdue facilities, REM, and others that points to the Club and teams being an unproven symptom where our expulsion won’t fix the problem,” the post said. Group leaders have made a plea to university president Mitch Daniels that included a legacy of competition and success over more than a century. The letter also expressed concern over the removal of banners and signage around the facility.