Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Dead at 66

By Staff  |  10/02/2017

Tom Petty

Legendary rocker Tom Petty died on Sunday (Oct. 1) after suffering a heart attack at his Malibu, Calif. home. He was 66 years old.

According to reports, police responded to a call at his home at around 10:50 p.m. Sunday night. He was transferred to UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center, where he was on life support until Monday... and ultimately died.

For fans, many got to see him across the U.S. for what would be his last tour this summer. The final date on the tour came on September 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.

Petty began his career over 40 years ago, when he started a band known as the Epics, which later became Mudcrutch. The band broke up and Petty became a solo act, backed by the Heartbreakers. Their big break came with their third album in 1979, titled Damn the Torpedoes, which eventually went triple platinum.

Throughout the years, Tom Petty and the band released eight top-10 albums and nine top-20 singles. Their 1993 Greatest Hits collection sold more than 10 million copies.