Tom Petty Dead at 66

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Legendary singer Tom Petty died Monday from cardiac arrest. He was 66.

According to TMZ, Petty was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica hospital and put on life support after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night.

Petty’s longtime manager released a statement to PEOPLE, saying, “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. 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 8:40p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”


Petty was best known as the frontman for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which released their first single in 1977. They had several hits over the years, including “Breakdown,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “American Girl,” among others. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just completed what was to be their final tour at the Hollywood Bowl last Monday night. The singer recently told Rolling Stone about coming off the road, “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house.”

Petty, who was born and raised in Gainesville, Fla., was considered one of the best selling musicians of all-time, selling more than 80 million records worldwide.

R.I.P. Tom Petty