Tom Petty Has Died at 66
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was found unresponsive in his Malibu home.
Tom Petty was taken to a hospital in Santa Monica Sunday night after suffering a cardiac arrest, TMZ reports. The tabloid’s source said that EMTs found him unconscious and not breathing, though with a pulse, in his Malibu home. The tabloid was told that he was taken off life support, and the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that he passed.
Petty, who was 66, had been playing off and on with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers since around 1976. His tour with the band wrapped a week ago and he was scheduled to play two shows in New York the second week of November. See one of his final performances of “Free Falling,” his highest-charting solo single, at the Hollywood Bowl here:
A little over a decade ago, the accolades really started pouring in. The musician was awarded the Billboard Century Award in 2005, and Paul Zollo published an oral history about his life, Conversations with Tom Petty later that year. In 2006, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him after 30 years of service to what’s now considered classic rock.
A four hour documentary about the enigmatic frontman called Runnin’ Down a Dream (named after a track on Full Moon Fever, his first solo album) was released in 2007. Peter Bogdanovich directed and it won a Grammy for Best Music Film.