Rock legend Tom Petty dead at 66

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Los Angeles, Oct 3 (PTI): Veteran rocker Tom Petty has passed after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 66. Petty’s longtime manager confirmed the singer’s death and said that the the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took his last breath at his home in Malibu, reported People magazine. “On behalf of the Tom Petty family 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 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends,” the singer’s manager said in a statement. The news of Petty’s death capped a whirlwind day after his hospitalisation following cardiac arrest.

Born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, Petty became interested in the genre when he met Elvis Presley at age ten; he said he knew he wanted to form a band when he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. He even took lessons from future Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Petty formed his first band, Mudcrutch, in Gainesville at the age of 20. After the band dissolved in 1975, Petty recruited fellow Mudcrutchers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with Ron Blair and Stan Lynch to form his most popular group, the Heartbreakers.

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