TOM PETTY DEAD AT 66 FOLLOWING CARDIAC ARREST

Legendary rocker Tom Petty, best known as lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades released a statement confirming the musician’s death on behalf of his family.

“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 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends,” the statement said.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers found stardom in the 70s with hits like “Listen to Her Heart” and “American Gir,” with Petty succeeding as an acclaimed solo artist with smash hits “Freefallin’.” Over a career spanning decades, Petty put out 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and 3 solo efforts of his own. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Petty recently completed a 40th Anniversary tour, performing last week at the Hollywood Bowl to sold out crowds.

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