Rocker Tom Petty is dead at 66

LAS VEGAS - Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at the age of 66, according to CBS News.

The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. TMZ Reports, Petty was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. 

Petty who has been performing over the past decades, rose to fame in the 1970s with his band, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers. 

In a December interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Petty said that he thought this would be the group's last tour together. He said, "It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our sixties. 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. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

The group put out several hits, including "American Girl," "Free Fallin'," "Breakdown," "Listen to Her Heart" and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.


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