The American rock musician and frontman of Heartbreakers, Tom Petty lost his life to a heart arrest at 66 on Monday in California.
Having hits like American Girl and I Won’t Back Down, Tom Petty has left a huge crowd of fans missing him forever. Tributes are already being made for the legendary performer who served the music industry for his whole life.
Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home before he was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital but sadly, he was already expired. He died peacefully having his family, band mates and friends around him on Monday at 08:40 p.m.
‘We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend Tom Petty,’ said Tom Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades on the behalf of the whole family. ‘He died peacefully at 08:40 p.m. surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends,’ he further said.
Tom Petty, the renowned singer, and songwriter of late 20th and early 21st century earned his fame with his band Heartbreakers in the 1070s.
He with his band Heartbreakers was introduced by The Rock and Roll Hall in 2002 where they received the generous compliments as “durable, resourceful, hardworking, likable and unpretentious.”
Petty originally belonged to a country rock band Mudcrutch which was quite popular in Florida but failed to receive a wide appreciation and recognition. In 2007 petty joined his other members in Heartbreakers after renaming the Mudcrutch and showered the world with the amazing songs like You’re Gonna Get it which later became a top 40 hit in the state.
Petty also worked with great musicians such as Bob Dylan, Rot Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison during their part of their tour Traveling Wilburys. But he is dead now leaving his talent, class, and uniqueness to be praised and remembered forever.
“It is shocking, crushing news,” said Bob Dylan while talking to the Rolling stone. “I thought the world of Tom. He was the great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
Petty just returned from the 40th anniversary of Heartbreakers tour that they ended at the Hollywood Bowl a week before his death.
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” said Petty during an interview in December last year that happened to be his last interview. “I have a granddaughter now it’s like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months with a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
But he couldn’t get enough time to spend as he wanted to.
Petty had a soulful interest in music and his friendship with Mike Campbell, a guitarist, was unbreakable. He met Campbell back in the 1970s and claimed that he was going to be his mate forever. They both struggled together through Mudcrutch to Heartbreakers and rocked it with a number of hits on the list.
Today, when he is not among us, we pray that his soul rest in peace and we stand with his family at such a time of despair.