Tom Petty Dead At 66

Tom Petty Dead At 66

Tom Petty Dead At 66

The rock word is facing yet another painful blow with the sudden death of the legendary Tom Petty at age 66. Petty died October 2nd at UCLA Medical Center, one day after suffering cardiac arrest at his home. Before the official announcement last night, fans had spent the better part of yesterday on tenterhooks as word was incorrectly leaked by law enforcement earlier in the day that Petty had died of a heart attack — before it was retracted and announced that he was alive, yet unconscious and pulled off life support. Petty wrapped his 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers on September 25th at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl. According to TMZ: “(Petty’s wife) Dana York seemed confused and upset when she dialed 911 Sunday night (October 1st) at around 10:45 PM. The dispatcher tried to get her to administer CPR, but Dana needed help. You hear another man take the phone but then Dana takes it back. She hears very soft breathing, tries CPR and it seems he breathes better. . . Tom was in full cardiac arrest and unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and put on life support but there was no brain activity. A chaplain came to administer last rights and he was taken off of life support.” The site posted that Petty was taken off life support and at “10:30 Monday morning, a chaplain was called to Tom’s hospital room. We’re told the family has a do not resuscitate order on Tom. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate — the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. handled the emergency.”

Petty’s friend and collaborator, Bob Dylan issued a statement to Rolling Stone, saying: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Brian Wilson posted: “I’m heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty passing. He was just too young and still in his prime. Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker and he will be missed by everyone who loves music. I’m so sad to hear about this. Love & Mercy to Tom’s friends, family and fans.”

Tom Petty was born on October 20th, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida. One of his first guitar teachers was future Eagle Don Felder. His band Mudcrutch featured Tom Leadon, they younger brother of Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon. Petty is survived by his second wife Dana York, two adult daughters, Adria and AnnaKim, along with a stepson Dylan.

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