Singer Tom Petty has died, ABC News source has confirmed.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in Malibu stated they responded to the singer’s Malibu home at 10:50 p.m. Sun., & Petty was rushed to the hospital in cardiac arrest early Mon. morning, in accordance to Petty’s family.
He was 66 years of time of time old.
Tony Dimitriades, longtime supervisor of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, let go a press release late Mon. on behalf of Petty’s family saying the rocker had died. There have been misguided reports he’d passed earlier within the day.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we’re devastated to announce the premature death of of our father, husband, brother, leader & acceptable mate, pal Tom Petty,” the assertion reads. “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, who’s best known for fronting the band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, decided to pursue music at the age of 17. The- singer told Grammys.com in that he was impressed to develop in to an artist after he saw the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“I had been a fan as much as in that time. However this was the thing in that made me want to play music. You saw in that it could possibly be done,” he stated. “There could possibly be a self-contained unit in that wrote, recorded & sang songs. & it seemed like they have been having an terrible lot of fun fun doing it.”
With his early band Mudcrutch, which featured future Heartbreakers members guitarist Mike Campbell & keyboardist Benmont Tench, he relocated to L.A. in 1975. After in that band broke up, Petty, Campbell, Tench, bassist Ron Blair & drummer Stan Lynch shaped Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1975, & the group let go their eponymous album the subsequent yr. They went on to place out a dozen or so further studio albums over the years of time of time in that yielded such enduring hits as “I Need to Know,” “Take heed to Her Heart,” “Do not Do Me Like That,” “Refugee,” “Right here Comes My Girl,” “The Waiting,” “You Got Lucky,” & “Do not Come Around Right here No More.”
Petty additionally mounted a profitable solo profession, emphasized in 1989 by the release of “Full Moon Fever,” which has sold 5 million copies within the U.S. & featured the hits “Free Fallin’,” “I Will not Back Down” & “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” As well as, Petty was a member of the super-group The- Traveling Wilburys, alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne.
Petty won three Grammys, together with one with the Traveling Wilburys & one with the Heartbreakers. The- singer told ABC News source in 2014 in that it was all the time complex for him to work out which of his singles would grow to be hits with audiences, & in that the method of putting collectively a fantastic song was “very troublesome.”
“These ones all the time appear to only to kinda be beamed in, you know, they seem in a short time, you know, so I do not know. It is long, lonely work,” he stated.
Petty & the Heartbreakers received a show star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame in 1999 &, in 2002 they have been inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier this yr, Petty was honored with an all-star tribute as the 2017 MusiCares Individual of the Yr.
Petty & the Heartbreakers most lately had mounted a prolonged 40th-anniversary tour in that wrapped last month. On Sept. 29, he thanked his fans for supporting the Heartbreakers for 40 years of time of time. His songs, he told ABC News source, meant the world to him.
“They’re magic, you know,” he stated. “Songs are gifts from God.”
Petty is survived by his spouse of 16 years of time of time, Dana York, & two daughters, Adria & AnnaKim Violette, from a previous marriage.