American singer-songwriter Tom Petty dies aged 66 after cardiac arrest.
American musician Tom Petty has died aged 66.
He suffered a cardiac arrest and was found unconscious at his home in California.
The legendary rocker has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and is best known for his hit singles Free Fallin’ and Learning to Fly.
He was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but was also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and his early band Mudcrutch.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock, and even stoner rock. His music has become popular among younger generations. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Petty suffered cardiac arrest on October 2, 2017; while some media outlets reported his death, the reports have been retracted as not confirmed.
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