Legendary musician and songwriter Tom Petty passed away today after going into cardiac arrest and found unconscience at his Malibu home Sunday evening. Petty was taken to UCLA Santa Monica in which he was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support.
Petty released 13 albums in the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker and recently completed a tour at the Hollywood Bowl and played the inaugural Arroyo Seco Music and Art Festival in the summer. The band had many hits such as “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart” and more.
He also had a great solo career releasing 2 albums that with “Free Falling”becoming a mega hit for him.
Petty would also join a band with the late great Roy Orbison in the Traveling Wilburys which also included Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Jeff Lynn.
Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. Petty had told Grammy.com that he wanted to become a musician when he was 13 and saw The Beatles play on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
“This was the great moment in my life, really, that changed everything. I had been a fan up to that point. But this was the thing that made me want to play music.” He added, “It did have a great profound effect on my life, and I thank them for that. I still think the Beatles [made] the best music ever, and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave thinking the same thing,” said Petty.
Tom Petty will be remembered for the great contributions to music he is survived by his wife Dana York and his children Adria, Annakim (Kimberly Violette) from ex-wife Jane Benyo and his stepson Dylan from his current marriage with York.