Voice of many decades, Tom Petty dies at age 66
The 80s Generation has dealt with a lot of heartbreak over the past few years. Now we've lost the leader of the Heartbreakers. Tom Petty passed away Monday night. He was only 66.
"On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," wrote longtime manager Tony Dimitriades on behalf of the family.
According to some media reports, when paramedics arrived, the singer still had a pulse and was rushed to the hospital, where he was put on life support. Shortly afterward, it was determined Petty had no brain activity and the life support was removed.
Born in Gainesville, Fla., Petty found his musical chops (and many of his future bandmates) in the college town. He found early success in the late '70s with tunes such as American Girl and Breakdown. In the '80s, success continued with The Waiting, You Got Lucky and Jammin' Me. The hits continued for decades with the Heartbreakers, as a solo artist and with The Traveling Wilburys. The musician had just finished a long tour last Monday, which he had previously announced would be his last major tour.
"Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent," he once told an interviewer. "As far as I'm concerned, that's success."