Gammy Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty died October 2 in Santa Monica as a result of cardiac arrest less than three weeks from his 67th birthday.
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Petty was found to be in full cardiac arrest at his home and transported to the hospital where he was briefly placed on life support before it was removed. Petty lingered for several hours before doctors pronounced the rocker had died.
Tom Petty was the lead singer for the rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbeakers. The band had just completed a tour celebrating their 40th anniversary of making rock music. Petty has had an album in the top five of the Billboard Album 200 chart in each of those decades.
After the tour, Petty was looking forward to grandpa duty and spending time with his granddaughter.
Prior to forming The Hearbreakers, Petty played with the Sundowers, Epic, and Mudcrunch. When he turned his hand to a solo career, his backup band became The Heartbreakers.
Besides playing Stevie Nicks and was a member of the group The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and Bob Dylan. The collaboration brought Petty his first Grammy Award.
Along with being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Petty is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is a three time Grammy Award winner and was the Recording Academy’s 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.
Tom Petty and his music has appeared on over 100 productions including variety shows, documentaries, award shows, late night talk shows, concert presentations, telethons, “The Simpsons”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Taps”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Knight Rider”, “Miami Vice”, “Lethal Weapon 2”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Melrose Place”, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, “Beavis and Butt-Head”, “She’s the One”, “The O.C.”, “The Sopranos”, “Stargate: Atlantis”, “Criminal Minds”, “One Tree Hill”, “The Office”, “Family Guy”, and “Cars 3”. Petty and his Heartbreakers were the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLII.
He also has 10 acting credits to his name according to the Internet Movie Data Base including music videos, “The Postman” as the Bridge City Mayor, “The Larry Shandling Show”, and 28 episodes of “King of the Hill” as Lucky and the Mud Dobber.
He was born Thomas Earl Petty on October 20, 1950 in the north central Florida community of Gainesville (home of the University of Florida Gators). While he didn’t begin playing music until he was in high school, it was an introduction to Elvis Presley at the age of 10 that sparked Petty’s interest in music.
Petty is survived by his second wife Dana, daughters Adria and Anna Kim, stepson Dylan, granddaughter Everly, and brother Bruce.
Tom Petty Discography:
“Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers”
“Official Live ‘Leg”
“You’re Gonna Get It!”
“Damn the Torpedoes”
“Long After Dark”
“Pack Up the Plantation Live”
“Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough”
“Full Moon Fever”
“Into the Great Wide Open”
“Songs and Music from ‘She’s the One’”
“The Last DJ”
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