Tom Petty, the legendary musician best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has died aged 66.
The iconic artist was found unconscious and not breathing after suffering from a full cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu. Petty was put on life support at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Sunday and, with a series of mixed reports which lead to confusion and speculation around his health, the musician was eventually pulled off life support as there were no signs of brain activity.
Problems arose when LAPD seemingly revealed the death to early. However, the family of Petty have now confirmed the tragic news: “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends,” a statement read.
Petty, who rose to fame in the 1970s with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, recorded such classics as ‘American Girl,’ ‘Stop Draggin my Heart Around’ and ‘Mary Jane’s Last Dance.’ He had recently wrapped up a celebratory tour for the 40th Anniversary of the Heartbreakers.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He was heavily influenced by bands like the Beatles from a young age and states that they made him want to make his own music. This he did, well. So well in fact that in 2012 he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We have a link to one of his performances below to commemorate such an inspiring and commendable artist.