Singer-songwriter Tom Petty, famed for his songs about love and Los Angeles, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.
Petty was taken off of life support at a L.A. hospital, following a heart attack.
TMZ wrote that life support had been pulled for Petty due to a lack of brain activity, and Rolling Stone later reported that his death had been confirmed through longtime Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades:
“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. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends….“
Some confusion about Petty’s condition followed news of his collapse. After initial reports of his death were published by news outlets, the LAPD announced via Twitter that
“initial information was inadvertantly provided to some media sources.”
adding that the LAPD was not investigating Petty’s hospitalization.
His daughter took to Instagram to set the record straight and slam Rolling Stone. Annakim Violette posted a searing attack on Rolling Stone today amid widespread reports of the legendary rockers death.
Petty told author Paul Zollo in the 2005 book Conversations With Tom Petty,
“We fell in love with L.A. within an hour of being there.. We just thought this is heaven. We said, ‘Look — everywhere there’s people making a living playing music. This is the place.‘”
In ’76, the first Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album hit, and aside from touring with the band, he’s never left town. His songs are indelibly linked with the cityscape, sometimes explicitly but more often in hints — that rare ability of a gifted lyricist to generalize the intimate.
He also embarked on a successful solo career and was a founding member of the rock supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.
Petty won a Grammy during each of those phases of his career, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the Heartbreakers in 2002. He also moonlighted as an actor, playing himself in some projects but also appearing on the animated show King of the Hill for several seasons, where he provided the voice of Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt.
Petty was hospitalized on October 2, a week after he and the Heartbreakers played their last show in Hollywood on 25 September 2017, the final of the band’s 40th anniversary tour, after he was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest in his Malibu home.
Tom Petty was 66.