Rock Legend Tom Petty Dies at Age 66

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

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There has since been an outpouring of emotion on social media as Rock n Roll Hall of Fame member Petty's fans pay tribute to his talents. The singer was reportedly rushed to hospital, where TMZ later claimed "a decision was made to pull life support".

U.S. singer Tom Petty has passed away in a California hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest, his family has confirmed, after earlier conflicting reports surrounding the singer's death.

Tony Dimitriades, Petty's longtime manager, later said the musician died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. Monday "surrounded by his family, his bandmates and friends".

He'd stated publicly the tour would probably be his last big one, telling Rolling Stone: "I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can".

According to TMZ, Petty was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest on Sunday night.

With the Heartbreakers, Petty recorded 13 studio albums scored multiple hit single, including "American Girl", "Breakdown", "The Waiting", "Learning to Fly", "Refugee" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance".

Petty suffered from a heroin addiction in the 1990s, and also underwent long periods of depression during his career spanning five decades. We're all on the backside of our sixties.

Petty is best known for his work with the Heartbreakers, who released their self-titled debut album in 1976. "I might be away for two years, but I've worked myself to death on different projects, you know?"

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials confirm to PEOPLE that they were dispatched to the Malibu home of an unconscious male early Monday morning and transported him to a local hospital.

According to CBS News, Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour.