Tom Petty was found unconscious at his home on October 2nd and died from cardiac arrest at the Santa Monica hospital in Los Angeles. Another great loss for the world of rock, as Tom Petty has been a living legend. He had won the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Golden Note Award in 1996, and with the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in New York in 2001.
Tom Petty begun his career in 1976 with Mudcrutch and shortly after with the Heartbreakers achieving great success and many hit songs like ‘Don’t Do Me Like That‘, ‘Here Comes My Girl‘, ‘The Waiting‘, ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More‘, and ‘Jammin’ Me‘ which was co-written with Bob Dylan, among others.
Since 1988 he started a solo career having though many famous collaborations. Him, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne formed Travelling Willburys and releasing two albums. His solo career includes three albums in which members of the Heartbreakers participated. In 1991 Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers reunited officially.
His longtime manager Tony Dimitriades who confirmed his death stated on behalf of Petty’s family: “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the ultimely 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 (October 2nd 2017) 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”.