Tom Petty has died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The singer, aged 66, was rushed to hospital unconscious and pulled off life support after showing no brain activity.
The iconic artist suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night, TMZ reported. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support.
Petty rose to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1970s, releasing several hits including “Free Fallin'”, “Listen to Her Heart” and “American Girl”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
They continued to perform over the past four decades, and played a sold-out show at BST Hyde Park in London this year.
Petty played his last show last Monday, performing three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour, CBS News reports.
Petty told Rolling Stone that he thought this would be the group’s last tour together.
“It’s very likely we’ll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We’re all on the backside of our sixties. 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. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”
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