Legendary Rocker Tom Petty, Dead at 66

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Legendary rocker Tom Petty,66, died late Monday from a massive heart attack.

Tom Petty was in cardiac arrest when paramedics got to him and was unresponsive. According to one report, his wife, Dana Epperson Petty, had performed CPR until he was lightly breathing, then followed the instructions of the dispatcher. He succumbed after life support was withdrawn and tests showed no brain activity. The family had a do not resuscitate order.

He clung to life for several hours, but according to family, succumbed at 8:40 p.m. last night in the hospital. He was surrounded by family and long time manager, Tony Dimitriades.  Some news outlets had him dead before he actually died, according to Newsweek.

Daily Mail reported that Petty was best known for his time with the band “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.” The band ended a nationwide tour at the Hollywood Bowl just last Monday.

His Career

Tom Petty sold over 80 million records over his lifetime. He first became popular in the 1970s with the release of songs such as “Breakdown,American Girl, Free Fallin’, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” etc. In 1978 he performed with Bob Dylan at a Farm Aid concert (see featured photo).

He played with well known performers like Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison in a group he helped form called the Traveling Wilbury’s.

The Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker’s 2014 Album “Hypnotic Eye” was the first album to top the charts.

He was concerned about this last nationwide tour because it would take him away from his new granddaughter.

“It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but 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 big 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 to Rolling Stone

The news spread quickly among the music community. Many posted their heartfelt thoughts and emotions.

Tom Petty was loved by many a rock fan, and his colleagues as well. He is survived by his current wife, Dana Epperson York, and his two daughters AnnaKim and Adria from his first wife Jane Benyo.

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