Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66

Jerod Harris, Getty ImagesJerod Harris, Getty Images

It’s with a heavy heart that we report that multi-platinum rock legend Tom Petty has passed away at the age of 66. The vocalist / guitarist was reportedly rushed to the hospital on Sunday night (Oct. 1) after EMTs found him unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Mailbu, Calif. home. TMZ also reported that the decision to remove Petty from life support came after learning there was no brain activity.

The vocalist and guitarist was best known as the lead man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, who formed in 1976, releasing their self-titled debut in November later that year. The album contained hits like “Breakdown” and “American Girl,” which helped to propel the band’s instant success. From there, the group, under Petty’s masterful guidance and writing prowess, would enjoy international stardom as the ’70s wound down and the next decade began.

In total, five of the band’s 13 studio albums currently enjoy platinum and multi-platinum success with 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes being their highest selling stateside album, moving over three million copies since its release.

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via Loudwire

October 2, 2017 at 10:17PM

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