Tom Petty, the long-lasting rocker who gained worldwide fame as the direct singer & guitarist of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, died Mon. after struggling cardiac arrest at his home, his family stated. He was 66.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we’re devastated to announce the premature death of our father, husband, brother, leader & acceptable mate, pal Tom Petty,” stated Tony Dimitriades, longtime supervisor of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, in a press release. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu within the early hours of this morning & was taken to UCLA Medical Center still couldn’t be revived. He died peacefully at eight:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates & buddies.”
Petty was celebrating 4 decades with the band with their 40th anniversary tour, which wrapped up last week at the Hollywood Bowl. He is best known for songs like “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl,” “I Will not Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” & “You Do not Know How It Feels,” & had many memorable music videos.
A L.A. County Sheriff’s Department official told BuzzFeed News source it responded to Petty’s Malibu home at 10:50 p.m. Sun. after receiving a 911 call. Petty was transported to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica.
The family assertion came hours after false reports of the singer’s death circulated on Mon.. These reports cited cops officers still have been based mostly on “initial info” in that was “inadvertently offered to some media sources,” the L.A. Police officers Department twittered Mon..
Petty’s daughter Annakim Violette after published a illustration of the legendary rocker on her INSTAGRAM page with the message “RIP.”
Petty, born Oct. 20, 1950, told NPR’s Fresh Air in an interview in 2006 in that he knew he desired to be a musician after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show when he was young. “It was one thing I identified with. I had by no means been massively in to sports. … I had been an enormous fan of Elvis. However I really saw within the Beatles in that this is one thing I might do,” the Florida native & the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer stated. “I knew I might do it.”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ first, eponymous album arrived in 1976, led by the coolness & swagger of single “Breakdown,” which broke by way of the next yr. That was just the beginning of the group’s string of profitable albums & top-selling songs, they usually continued the streak with albums together with 1978’s You are Gonna Get It! (“Take heed to Her Heart,” “I Need to Know”); 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes (“Refugee,” “Right here Comes My Girl,” “Do not Do Me Like That”); & 1981’s Hard Guarantees (“The Waiting”).
From his childhood to his remaining days, Petty combined powerhouse melodies with sturdy rock & hooks, from the choruses to the band’s deft solos & riffs.
“I did go by way of a number of my life with a concise fuse where I might erupt right in to a critical rage. … I feel in that was a product of my childhood, when I had some critical abuse,â€� he told Uncut of growing up with his dad in Gainesville. “I began to learn & retrace what had took place to me & why I used to be in that approach. It became quite clear to me why. & when you know why one thing is occurring, you understand how to repair it.”
The songwriter would eventually go on to turn in to one of many best-selling rock & touring acts of all time, releasing 10 studio albums with the Heartbreakers & three more on his own.
The one Heartbreakers album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart was the band’s last, Hypnotic Eye, let go Jul. 2014.
The Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour was agreed to be scheduled for greater than 60 stops this yr; they have been slated to take the stage in New York NY for 2 further dates in Nov..
In Dec., Petty told Rolling Stone in that this stint might be the last “big” outing for him & his band, which incorporates guitarist Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench on keys, bassist Ron Blair, multi-instrumentalist Scott Thurston, & drummer Steve Ferrone. (Stan Lynch was the unique Heartbreakers’ drummer, performing with the band until 1994, previous to the release of Petty’s Nov. 1994 solo album Wildflowers.)
“I might be lying if I did not allege I used to be considering this might be the last large one. We are all on the backside of our sixties,” Petty stated. “I’ve a granddaughter now I might wish to see as much as I can. I do not want to spend my life on the road.”
Campbell, Tench, & Petty started performing collectively of their 1st band, Mudcrutch, when Petty was just 17. Mudcrutch eventually reunited & let go a self-titled album in 2008 & a 2nd set, 2, in 2016.
Petty was additionally part of the Grammy-winning supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, & Jeff Lynne. They let go two albums, one after Orbison died in 1990, although they by no means toured collectively.
Petty is survived by his 1st wife, Jane Benyo, with whom he’d two daughters, & his 2nd wife, Dana York Epperson.