Tom Petty Dies From Cardiac Arrest

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
October 2, 2017US News
Tom Petty Dies From Cardiac Arrest
Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during their 40th Anniversary Tour at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 25, 2017. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sacks and Co)

Tony Dimitriades, the longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers confirmed Petty’s death on behalf of the performer’s family.

He was 66 years old.

“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,” Dimitriades said in a statement.

TMZ first reported that he was on life-support after he was found unconscious. In an update, TMZ said that there was a “decision to pull life support.”

“Sources tell us 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,” according to TMZ.

TMZ reported that he was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after he was found unresponsive Sunday night at his home in Malibu. EMTs were able to get a pulse. He was put on life support after being taken to the medical facility.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rose to fame in the 1970’s, putting out massive hits, including “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart,” and many more. He also went solo, releasing “Freefallin’.”

Petty told Rolling Stone in December that he thought his final tour, which he concluded last month, would be the group’s last tour together.

He said, “It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”

Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, on Oct. 20, 1950.

Petty told media outlets in that past that he wanted to become a musician when he was 13 after seeing The Beatles play on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

“This was the great moment in my life, really, that changed everything. I had been a fan up to that point. But this was the thing that made me want to play music,” he told

“It did have a great profound effect on my life, and I thank them for that. I still think the Beatles [made] the best music ever, and I’m sure I’ll go to my grave thinking the same thing.”

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