Tom Petty died yesterday after a cardiac arrest, it has been confirmed. He was 66.
According to research, the musician was found unconscious and by no means respiratory at his Malibu home throughout the early hours of Monday morning. He was taken to hospital, nevertheless could not be revived and was pronounced lifeless yesterday evening.
In an announcement on behalf of Petty’s family, his supervisor Tony Dimitriades acknowledged: “We are devastated to announce the untimely death 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 8:40pm PST surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends”.
Born in Florida in 1950, Petty grew to develop into an professional musician as a teen, and positioned fame throughout the 1970s with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. With the band, he produced hits paying homage to ‘Free Fallin’, ‘American Girl’, ‘Learning To Fly’ and ‘Refugee’.
In the 1980s, he moreover primarily based the Travelling Wilburys supergroup with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. In an announcement yesterday, Dylan acknowledged: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him”.
Last month, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers completed a tour to mark their 40th anniversary, along with a gift at London’s British Summer Time competitors in Hyde Park. The band’s most recent album, ‘Hypnotic Eye’, was launched in 2014, going to major throughout the US and amount seven throughout the UK.