Classic rock star Tom Petty has died at the age of 66 after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest inside his Malibu home.
Tom was already in critical condition by the time he was rushed to the hospital, according to TMZ. He passed away shortly thereafter.
Thomas Earl Petty was born on October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida. He developed an early interest in rock music, and even met Elvis Presley at age 10. Later, he dropped out of high school to pursue success with the band Mudcrutch.
After the band broke up, Tom ultimately decided to go solo. Retaining a few members of Mudcrutch, he gradually recruited the supporting band that would help define his career as a popular musician. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers originally formed in 1976.
They found success with their second album, You’re Gonna Get It!. Their third album, Damn the Torpedoes, was an even bigger hit after going platinum. Along with the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty would go on to become one of rock’s best-selling artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dana York, and two daughters: Adria and Kimberly. He leaves behind an iconic legacy as a singer and songwriter, as well as many devoted fans and friends.
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