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By Martine Ehrenclou
Legendary musician and front man for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, has died at age 66. Petty suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious in his home in Malibu,CA, according to TMZ. Petty was rushed to Santa Monica UCLA Hospital and placed on life support. TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. According to the Los Angeles Times, Petty’s longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, Tom Petty passed away this evening at 8:40pm.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last week, the last stop on the band’s 40th Anniversary Tour. The band’s website reported that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ most recent release in 2014, Hypnotic Eye, hit #1 on the charts. Damn The Torpedoes was Tom Petty’s break out album in 1979 with top 40 hit singles, “Don’t Do Me Like That” and Refugee.” The band released several more hits including, “American Girl” “Free Fallin’” “Breakdown” “Listen to her Heart” and others. They sold over 60 million records.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and won three Grammy Awards. They released 13 albums, including eight top 10 albums and nine top 20 albums. Their greatest hits album sold more than 10 million copies. Petty released three solo albums as well.
Tom Petty also played in the 1980’s supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne.
On Sirius/XM radio, Petty had a very popular radio show called, “Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure.” You can find that here.
Peter Bogdanovich directed a documentary about Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers titled, Runnin’ Down a Dream that was released in 2007. It can be found here.
Tom Petty will be truly missed. He will always be remembered for his tremendous musical contributions and imprint on Rock and Roll. He is survived by his second wife, Dana York Petty and his daughters, Adria and Annakim.