Tom Petty Suffers Cardiac Arrest And Dies At 66
Tom Petty, a legendary rockstar, passed away at the age of 66 suffering a full cardiac arrest. Earlier, on Sunday night, he was found – not breathing, unconscious in his Malibu beach house, and so was put on life support in UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.
Born in Gainesville, Florida, Petty grew up wanting to be a musician and even saw ‘The Beatles’ play on “The Ed Sullivan Show” at the age of 13 inspiring him even more to pursue music.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which he was leading, got famous in the 1970s giving several major hits such as “Breakdown”, “American Girl”, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and so on. The band even received Roll and Roll of Fame in 2002. He also sang the solo hit song “Freefallin”.
Tom Petty told Grammy.com, “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 further commented, “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.”
In 2002, Tom Petty The Heartbreakers received the ‘Roll and Roll Hall Of Fame’.