Tom Petty, legendary musician, confirmed dead at 66
Iconic rock musician Tom Petty has died. His longtime manager confirmed the news after Petty was hospitalized and later removed from life support, according to TMZ. He was 66.
Petty was found unconscious, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest on Sunday night (Oct. 1). He was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support, but he had no brain activity. His family reportedly made the decision to take him off life support on Monday.
Petty rose to fame in the mid-'70s with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also a member of the '80s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. "It's shocking, crushing news," said Dylan in a statement to Rolling Stone. "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."
Petty also played the Bridge City Mayor opposite Kevin Costner in 1997's The Postman. He had recently finished a 40th anniversary tour that ended with three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl last week.