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After conflicting reports during the day on Monday, it has been officially confirmed by his manager, that rock legend Tom Petty passed away. He was 66 years old.
Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home after going into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, where he has put on life support.
Early reports from the LAPD — whom CBS News obtained their information from — stated that Petty had passed away, which was not the case, as told by his daughter, AnnaKim Violette, in an angry message to the media.
Sadly, Petty did not make it through the night, and passed away surrounded by his family, band mates and friends at 8:40 pm local time.
He rose to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — whom made their debut in 1976 — following the release of their third album in 1980 which went platinum, and featured the hit singles “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee.”
Other great songs from the band, include “Breakdown,” “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Along with making songs with his band and other artists, such as Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart and George Harrison, Petty also tried his hand with acting. He starred alongside Kevin Costner in 1997’s The Postman, and had a recurring voice role in the animated TV series King of the Hill, as Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmid.
Petty is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Thank you for the music Tom Petty. We will miss you.