Tom Petty has died at age 66, his family confirms in a 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.”
“TMZ” first reported the singer went into cardiac arrest and was put on life support at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
The website later reported that upon getting to the hospital, Petty did not have any brain activity and that a decision has been made to pull his life support.
Petty’s daughter Kimberly Petty paid tribute to her father on Instagram after his passing Monday night.
Earlier on Monday evening she posted to Instagram in response to media reports that prematurely announced his death, saying her father had not yet died.
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@rollingstone my dad is not dead yet but your fucking magazine is ⚡️⚡️⚡️your slime😵 has been pieces of tabloid dog shit. You put the worst artists on your covers do zero research. How dare you report that my father has died just to get press because your articles and photos are so dated. I will fucking shit down your throat and your family's . Try not being a trump vibe. This is my father not a celebrity. An artist and human being. Fuck u
The music legend – who is originally from Florida – recently performed with the Heartbreakers on Sept. 29 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A concertgoer tells ET that Petty was in great spirits and energetic during his sold-out performance. Another eyewitness at the concert tells ET that the musician seemed very nostalgic, and shared humorous stories about how he met his bandmates.
Petty was next set to appear with his band in New York City on Nov. 8 and 9. He had been touring since April 20.
Petty is best known for his songs “I Won’t Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “American Girl.” He is also a three-time GRAMMY winner, garnering 18 nominations, and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Bob Dylan, who toured with Petty and the Heartbreakers and was one of the late star’s band mates in Travelling Wilburys, released a statement to Rolling Stone. “It’s shocking, crushing news,” said Dylan. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
Star tributes are pouring in for the rocker on social media:
Such sad news today. Our thoughts are with Tom Pettys family, friends and fans….