LISTEN: Tom Petty’s Wife Calls 911 After Entering Cardiac Arrest

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Dana York, the wife of legendary musician Tom Petty, frantically called 911 on Sunday when she discovered her husband was unresponsive at their home in Malibu, California.

In the raw audio, obtained by TMZ, York sounds confused and distraught as she speaks with a dispatcher.

“My husband isn’t breathing,” she says to the dispatcher.

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The dispatcher asks if Petty is on the ground and if there’s any vomit in his mouth before instructing York to kneel next to his chest. The dispatcher asks to speak with a person who’s performing CPR on the unresponsive Petty, and instructs the unidentified male to properly give CPR.

York eventually takes the phone back and the dispatcher instructs her how to perform the emergency procedure.

“He’s breathing,” she says. “I think he’s breathing. I can’t tell.”

Listen to the full 911 audio below:


Earlier in the day, TMZ reported Petty was in “full cardiac arrest” and “clinging for his life” at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. When emergency personnel arrived at Petty’s home in Malibu, they were unable to find a pulse and rushed him to the emergency room. He was taken off life support Monday, the outlet reported.

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TMZ reported a chaplain was called to Petty’s hospital room Monday afternoon, and the family has a “do not resuscitate order” on him.

Petty’s best known for his time with the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The singer, who sold over 80 million records in his lifetime, recently ended a nationwide tour with its last stop being at the Hollywood Bowl last Monday.

Petty was married twice in his life, most recently to 53-year-old Dana York Epperson. The couple met at one of Petty’s shows during the 1990s, but didn’t marry until over 10 years later.


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