Remember Rock Icon Tom Petty With His All-Time Greatest Videos
#RIP to a true musical legend.
Tom Petty, the legendary rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Monday night at age 66.
Petty’s death was confirmed by Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Dimitriades wrote in a statement.
“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 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Rolling Stone reports:
On Sunday, Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home, according to TMZ, where he was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. A decision was made to pull life support.
“It’s shocking, crushing news,” Petty’s friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in a statement.
“I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
In the late 1970s, Petty’s romanticized tales of rebels, outcasts and refugees started climbing the pop charts.
When he sang, his voice was filled with a heartfelt drama that perfectly complemented the Heartbreakers’ ragged rock & roll. Songs like “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Learning to Fly” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” all dominated Billboard’s rock chart, and the majority of Petty’s albums have been certified either gold or platinum.
His most recent release, Hypnotic Eye, debuted at Number One in 2014. Petty, who also recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Petty just finished up his 40th anniversary tour, which included 53 shows in 24 states. The three-time Grammy winner hinted that this tour might be his “last big one.”
“It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one,” Petty told Rolling Stone in December.
“We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
Revisit some of Petty’s greatest hits here:
Petty was also the subject of a wide-ranging documentary directed by Peter Bogdonovich in 2007, named after one of his many hits:
#RIP to a true rock legend.