Remembering Rock Legend Tom Petty

Tom Petty playing with the Heartbreakers in 2014

The American musician was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Sunday evening (Oct 1).

In it, he related how Tom Petty was found by family members at their home in the morning of October 2, suffering from cardiac arrest and not breathing. He was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support, which was pulled because of a lack of brain activity and a "do not resuscitate" order. They said he died Monday evening "surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends".

The news of Tom Petty's death at the age of 66 has elicited an outpouring of grief and recollections from his peers, friends and the countless musicians he influenced over the years.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has released a statement on behalf of Sheriff Sadie Darnell, who is a relative of Tom Petty.

At this time, Petty remains in the hospital but is not expected to survive much longer. Petty told Rolling Stone in December 2016 that the 40th anniversary tour would likely be his last large tour.

Petty burst onto the scene in 1976 with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

"We're all on the backside of our 60s", he was quoted as saying.

Their last engagement had been a finale concert at the Hollywood Bowl. "I thought the world of Tom", said the folk-rock icon. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last released an album in 2014 in the form of 13th LP "Hypnotic Eye". But this was the thing that made me want to play music.

Though one of Petty's final messages on social media was one of thanks to all his fans for their decades of support, its clear that the debt of gratitude lies with us. "I might be away for two years, but I've worked myself to death on different projects, you know?" "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".

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