Legendary Rocker Tom Petty Dies at 66

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On Monday, Tom Petty reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was placed on life support.

US rocker Tom Petty was reported on Monday, Oct. 2, to have died following cardiac arrest.

UPDATE (10/2, 3:30 p.m. EDT): TMZ now reports that Petty had no brain activity upon his arrival at the hospital, and a decision was made to pull life support.

Petty passed away at 8.40 on Monday night "surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends". He was 66-years-old.

Petty's greatest hits album was on Billboard's top 200 albums chart for more than six years.

She asks that people respect the privacy of herself, as well as other family members, while they await answers related to his condition.

Petty is best known for his work with the Heartbreakers, who released their self-titled debut album in 1976. He played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2008 and entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Some of his greatest works were what are now dubbed as classic rock hits, "American Girl", "Free Fallin", and "Refugee".

Petty once said, "I'd like to see us break some new ground and leave some sort of mark on the music".

Paul McCartney tweeted that he was "sending love" to the Petty family and Ringo Starr wrote: "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom". Petty, who performed at CMAC in Canandaigua this summer, hinted it would be the band's farewell tour. I don't want to spend my life on the road. The last Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album, Hypnotic Eye, was released 2014 and peaked at Number 7 in the UK.

Later in his career, Petty pursued solo work and also contributed to the supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Lynne. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".

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