Remembering Tom Petty

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:00 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Ashleigh Dillon

    Frontman of the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty died Monday night at the age of 66. Petty’s death was confirmed by manager Tony Dimitriades.

    "On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," stated Dimitriades. "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 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

    According to TMZ, Petty was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home on Sunday. He was in a full cardiac arrest. Petty was transferred to a hospital and put on life support. EMT’s found a pulse at first but, the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. They pull his life support.

    "It's shocking, crushing news," Petty's friend Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone in a statement. "I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him."

    Petty and his band had recently completed a summer tour. This included three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The band’s 40th anniversary was marked in the tour. Petty was found playing rare deep cuts. It was to be Petty’s "last trip around the country."

    Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, FL. His father would beat him and Petty didn't perform well at school. In 1961, Petty meet Elvis Presley. It was life changing for Petty. Not too long after, Petty received his first guitar. At age 17, Petty quit school to travel around with southern-rock band, Mudcrutch. The band broke up in the early 70s.

    Tom Petty started his solo career in 1975 and the rest is history. Petty did struggle with heroin after his split with his wife of 22 years. But, a therapist put him in a detox session which lead him to sleep for two straight days. His 1999 album, Echo, reflected his pain.

    "What's changed these days is that the man who approaches me on the street is more or less thanking me for a body of work – the soundtrack to his life, as a lot of them say. And that's a wonderful feeling. It's all an artist can ask,” Petty told Esquire in 2006.

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Edited By: ML

Uploaded On: 10/18/17