Tom Petty Has Died; Longtime Manager Confirms The Sad News

UPDATE 10/02/2017 11:31 PM CST: Tom Petty has officially passed on. Petty’s manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirmed the news and released the following statement:

“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 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

UPDATE:/ Earlier today it was reported that rock legend Tom Petty died after being rushed to the hospital on Sunday (Oct. 1). New reports suggest Petty has not died. The Los Angeles Police Department clarified that they have no information about his death. They said in a statement “Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources.” According to TMZ Petty is still “clinging to life” but is not expected to live. His family has a “do not resuscitate order.”





Rock legend Tom Petty has died at the age of 66, according to CBS News. On Sunday (Oct. 1) Petty was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious in his home. According to TMZ, he suffered a full cardiac arrest and was put on life support. The hospital found no brain activity when he arrived and a decision was made to pull life support.

Petty recently completed a summer tour last week celebrating The Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their debut self-titled album in 1976. They would go on to release twelve more albums over their career, including Damn the Torpedoes (1979), Hard Promises (1981), and Hypnotic Eye (2014).

Revisit the classic Tom Petty track “Don’t Come Around Here No More” below.






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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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