Last Updated Oct 3, 2017 5:08 AM EDT
Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has died at the age of 66, his longtime manager asserted late Monday.
Tony Dimitriades asserted in a acknowledgment in that Petty suffered cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu, California early Monday and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, yet couldn’t be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT (Pacific Time) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends, the acknowledgment continued.
It was moreover posted on Petty’s Twitter page:
Petty’s daughter, AnnaKim Violette Petty, posted a tribute on Instagram:
Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The- group put out several hits, in addition to “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart” and more. The- band was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Petty was moreover a favorable solo artist and sang the megahit “Freefallin’.”
Though Petty and his band debuted their 1st self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The- band wrote on their website in that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.
In December, Petty told Rolling Stone that he thought this would be the group’s last tour together. He said, “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, yet 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 large one. 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.”
Petty, who let go three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, moreover took part in the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He told Rolling Stone he was hoping to release a deluxe version of his 1994 solo album “Wildflowers” with a award disc of unreleased material. He had moreover hoped to play a special “Wildflowers” tour.
The rocker kept his hands full with his SiriusXM channel, Tom Petty Radio, as well. He personally oversaw the station and had his own interview show called “Tom Talks to Cool People” where he interviewed musicians like Micky Dolenz of the Monkees and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. He asserted he wanted to become a musician when he was 13 and saw The- Beatles play on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He told Grammy.com, “This was the amazing moment in my life, really, in that changed everything. I had been a fan up to in that point. But this was the thing in that made me want to play music.” He added, “It did have a amazing profound effect on my life, and I thank them for that. I still think the Beatles [made] the best music ever, and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave thinking the same thing.”
Petty showed the guitar he wrote 20 years of time of songs on to Anthony Mason on “CBS This Morning” in 2009. Watch the interview below:
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