The rock legend we’ve all rocked out to died yesterday. He was at his home in Malibu early Monday morning where he suffered a cardiac arrest. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived.
His longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades released a statement this morning on behalf of the singer’s family. “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”
It’s hard to imagine going a week without hearing one of his iconic songs. The three-time Grammy winner was best known for being the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and has churned out hit singles like “American Girl, “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Free Fallin.” They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was also a member and co-founder of the late 80’s superstar group called the Traveling Wilburys that consisted of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.
Petty’s final performance was at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday, September 25, just a week before his death, as part of The Heartbreakers’ 40th-anniversary tour. This was supposed to be the last world tour.
“We’re all on the backside of our 60’s,” the late singer told Rolling Stone in December of last year. “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.”
The iconic musician was survived by his wife, Dana York, his daughters Adria and AnnaKim, and stepson Dylan.
He will be missed. May he rest in peace.