Rock Star Tom Petty Dead of Apparent Heart Attack at Age 66

Tom Petty Dead at Age 66

Sophie Schillaci of “Entertainment Tonight” joins CBSN with more on the passing of Tom Petty. The musician was 66 years old.

UPDATE: Tom Petty died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PDT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.

UPDATE: According to TMZ, Petty was put on life support at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, then taken off, since his family has a do not resuscitate (DNR) order in place. At this time, Petty is still alive, but is not expected to live through the day, TMZ reports.

Tom Petty, age 66, was reportedly found unresponsive and not breathing at his home in California Sunday night, October 1, 2017 and rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, after Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics were dispatched about 10:45 p.m. Petty was reportedly taken off of life support after he was found unconscious in his California home on Sunday. Petty regained a pulse, but an EEG test showed no brain activity. Petty is reported dead of a heart attack on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Florida native Tom Petty rose to fame in the ‘70s, leading top rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty has been on tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his band. Last week, the band completed three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tom 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.

Thomas Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. At age of 17, Petty dropped out of Gainesville High School to join the band Mudcrutch.

One of Petty’s first guitar teachers was Don Felder, also Gainesville resident, who later joined the Eagles.

According to Stevie Nicks, the title of her hit song “Edge of Seventeen” came from a conversation she had with Tom Petty’s first wife Jane Benyo. In the conversation about the couple’s first meeting, Jane said they met “at the age of seventeen”, but with her strong Southern accent the phrase sounded like “edge of seventeen” to Stevie Nicks.


1985 “Don’t Come Around Here No More” MTV Video Music Awards Best Special Effects

1990 Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 Grammy Album of the year Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

1994 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video

1995 Tom Petty “You Don’t Know How It Feels” MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video

1996 “You Don’t Know How It Feels” Grammy Best Rock Vocal Performance – Male

2003 Tom Petty Radio Music Awards Legend Award

2005 Tom Petty Billboard Century Award

2009 Runnin’ Down a Dream Grammy Best Music Video, Long Form

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Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Refugee. (C) 1979 Geffen Records

Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Don’t Come Around Here No More. (C) 1985 Geffen Records

Music video by Tom Petty performing Free Fallin’. (C) 1989 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Tom Petty – You Don’t Know How It Feels (Video Version/Warner Bros. Records).

Music video by Tom Petty performing Learning To Fly. (C) 1991 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Music video by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers performing Runnin’ Down A Dream. (C) 1989 Geffen Records

Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream DVD Trailer (Warner Bros. Records).

Tom Petty Dead at Age 66