Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest in his Malibu home. First responders were unable to get a pulse, so he was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. Once he was admitted, he “had no brain activity.” TMZ is reporting that a decision was made to pull life support. Most news outlets are now reporting Petty’s death.
Tom Petty was 66, and recently wrapped a sold-out 40th Anniversary Tour culminating in four shows at the Hollywood Bowl, the last of which just happened this past Monday. The rock legend racked up 18 Grammy nominations and three wins over four decades. 2014’s Hypnotic Eye was the bands first No. 1 album.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers served as the backup band for Bob Dylan in 1986. Petty was also a member of the superband the Traveling Wilbury’s with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and and George Harrison. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Petty had that special ability to reduce emotions into words. He was that rare kind of songwriter able to tell stories that were both highly personal and immediately identifiable to music lovers. His songwriting and his legacy of music will never be forgotten.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were always pioneers in the music video realm. Check out the “Don’t Come Around Here No More” video, it is one of their best: