Legendary Rock Star Tom Petty Dies At 66
By Rita Obi
Rock legend, Tom Petty has been confirmed dead by his manager, Tony Dimitriades.
The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu and was rushed down to UCLA medical centre, where he was placed on life support.
Sadly, he could not be resuscitated and he died amid by his family, friends and band mates.
The singer died at age 66. Petty was born in Gainesville, florida.
Thomas Earl Petty was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.
He became interested in rock music at 11 and joined his first band at The Sundowners at 14.
He quit The Sundowners when he got into an argument with the band’s drummer, Petty moved on to join a group called The Epics, which included Tom Leadon, a brother of Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.
“We realized Tom was the real musician of the band,” their fellow band member Rick Rucker told the Orlando Sentinel in 2006.
The Epics later changed their name to Mudcrutch, and Petty traveled to Los Angeles in search of a record deal for the rock quintet.
Despite landing a deal, the group soon disbanded.
A new group that included Petty and two former Mudcrutch members formed in 1975 eventually became known as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Petty and the Heartbreakers came into spotlight in the 1970s. Petty had a string of hits across the decades, including “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl” and “I Won’t Back Down.” With his group and as a solo artist.
After pioneering the heartland rock sound, Petty went solo in 1989.
He was married to Dana York