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Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty, Rock Legend, Dead at 66

Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66.

The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.

Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

For more on Tom Petty, click HERE for Rolling Stone Magazine overview.

Though Petty and his band debuted their first self-titled record in 1976, they continued to perform over the past four decades. Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.

He lived in Encino for some time. In 1987, when Petty and his family were eating breakfast and an arsonist lit the wooden staircase on fire. Almost everything burned down, except for the basement recording studio.

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