Cardiac arrest, Tom Petty dies at 66
American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer Tom Petty was found unconscious at his home not breathing and in full cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017.
His death was prematurely reported by media outlets that afternoon, although the initial reports were retracted after the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it had inadvertently indicated his death to the media without confirming it. It was confirmed later that evening by his family and manager.
With his nasally voice and chiming guitar, Petty and his longtime band, the Heartbreakers, churned out an instantly recognizable brand of sturdy, heartland rock that made them a classic-radio staple for decades. Petty, along with the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
The artist, 66 years old, had just concluded his 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers, on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles. “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,” his manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement.