Social Media Tom Petty’s death: CBS News’ misfire becomes an online wildfire The network reported that the singer had died right after suffering cardiac arrest, but the news wasn’t confirmed until hours later. The misstep prompted hasty retractions and criticism. By Beki Winchel@bekiwekiOct. 3, 2017 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.