For several hours earlier today, music lovers believed Tom Petty was dead.
Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley, Sheryl Crowe and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic.
A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death later retracted their stories. The Walk of Fame tribute was cancelled.
The confusion started with CBS News and the Los Angeles Police Department. CBS published Petty's obituary after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed his death. The trade paper Variety followed, citing an unnamed source confirming the rocker's death.
Then the LAPD issued a statement saying it has no information on Petty's condition and that "initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources."
"We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting," the department said.
CBS and Variety amended their stories. CBS News also released a statement maintaining that it "reported information obtained officially from the LAPD about Tom Petty."
"The LAPD later said it was not in a position to confirm information about the singer," the statement said.
Both CBS and Variety now cite TMZ reporting that says Petty is "clinging to life" after suffering cardiac arrest.
But for many celebs, those tweets haven't been deleted.
RIP Tom Petty Such a shitty day
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) October 2, 2017
tom petty changed my life. there is a reference to him in everything i've ever written. i love his work and life.
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse...
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. One of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Thank you for ALL the music.Prayers to your family & band members.#RIPTomPetty
— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 2, 2017
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 2, 2017
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) October 2, 2017
My heart is broken. My thoughts go out to @tompetty 's family. Tom, you will always be a keystone in my life and continue to inspire me.
— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) October 2, 2017
So saddened to hear of @tompetty passing. He's was such sweet person to us and a once in a lifetime artist.
— Cage The Elephant (@CageTheElephant) October 2, 2017
As if this day couldn't get any worse.. Tom Petty now gone.
RIP & thanks!! pic.twitter.com/1yKFsGOU9m
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty wrote all those hits for us to get through days like today.
— The Weeks (@theweeks) October 2, 2017
— Son Volt (@sonvoltmusic) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty gone? That's just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2017