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Tom Petty Dead at 66

Legendary rocker Tom Petty was reported dead on Monday after being rushed to the hospital Sunday evening suffering from cardiac arrest. Petty was discovered unconscious in his home, and not breathing. It is not clear how long the 66 year old singer was not breathing, however by the time he reached UCLA Santa Monica Hospital he had no brain activity. Petty's manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirmed the singer's death "On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty".

Petty is famous for his signature voice along with his world-weary vocals, and is behind staples of rock like "Free Fallin'", "American Girl", and "I Won't Back Down". He originally had his rise to fame with the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and and continued onto a successful solo career.

After performing with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for roughly 10 years, Petty joined the Traveling Wilbury's along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynn. Together, the Traveling Wilbury's recorded such songs as "Handle With Care" and "End of the Line". These songs would become staples of Petty's live setlists.

In 1989 Petty released the album Full Moon Fever under his own name, although several members of the Heartbreakers contributed, along with other collaborations. The album included the hits "I Won't Back Down", "Free Fallin'" and "Runnin' Down a Dream". By 1991 Petty and the Heartbreakers reformed to release Into The Great Wide Open, and the hits "Learning To Fly" and "Into The Great Wide Open".

Petty was married twice, and had two children with his first wife (Jane Benyo). Along with his daughters he leaves behind his second wife (Dana York), and a musical legacy which will endure for generations to come.


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