Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tom Petty has died in California at the age of 66, a statement issued on behalf of his family said.
Tom Petty was found unconscious, out of breath and in full cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on October 3.
The singer was taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated and died later that evening.
He was best known as the vocalist of Tom Petty and the rock band The Heartbreakers, producing such hits as american girl,, Breakdown,, Free fall’,, I’m learning to fly and Refugee.
His longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, said: “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. Pacific time, surrounded by family, bandmates and friends.”
Tom Petty also co-founded the Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s, touring with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynn and George Harrison.
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“This is shocking, crushing news.” said Bob Dylan, according to Los Angeles Times.
“I thought it was Tom’s world. He was a great performer, full of light, a friend and I will never forget him. “
Tom Petty also achieved solo success in 1989 with his album Full moon fever, which included one of his most popular songs Free fall’, co-authored with Jeff Lynn.
In 2002, Tom Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The musician was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1950.
According to legend, Tom Petty decided to become a musician after shaking hands with Elvis Presley in the 50s. He replaced his slingshot with a plate box and never looked back.
At age 17, Tom Petty dropped out of school to join Mudcrutch with future Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.
The group learned their craft by listening to pop radio, he once told NPR.
In the early 1970s, they moved to Los Angeles, hoping to find a record deal. Tom Petty succeeded, but the group disbanded soon after.
It wasn’t until 1975 that the musicians came together and created The Heartbreakers. The quintet released its eponymous debut a year later.