After a series of confusing reports surfaced throughout the day, Tom Petty‘s longtime manager has confirmed that the Rock legend died on Monday, October 2. He was 66.
“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,” Petty’s longtime manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed in a statement on behalf of the singer’s family. “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.”
The Grammy winner was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the classic band behind hit singles including “American Girl,” “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down.” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Petty was also a member and cofounder of the superband the Traveling Wilburys, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.
Tom Petty performed his final concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, September 25, just one week before his death. The show was the final concert of the Heartbreakers’ extensive 40th anniversary tour. In a recent interview, the singer-songwriter said that the tour “may be the last trip around the country.”
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” he said in an interview, back in December 2016. “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.”
On Sunday night, the rock icon was rushed to the local hospital after being found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home. The “Free Falling” singer was taken off of life support after showing no brain activity.
During his long and fruitful career, Petty released 13 studio albums. The three-time Grammy winner was recently honored as the 2017 MusicCares Person of the Year.
The rock star is survived by his wife, Dana York; daughters Adria and Kimberly Violette Petty from his previous marriage to Jane Benyo; and stepson Dylan.