While original reports were hazy from the point the information made its way through social media and other news outlets until Monday night, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday morning that Petty had officially died after being taken off life support.
Tom Petty performs during the Vegoose music festival at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006.
Petty - known for hits such as "American Girl", "Don't Come Around Here No More" and "I Won't Back Down" - just last week had wrapped up a tour to mark 40 years of his band the Heartbreakers. On Sept. 17, Petty and the Heartbreakers headlined the third night of Kaaboo Del Mar in San Diego. His music, with its easy rhythms and relentlessly hooky melodies, ruled the rock format from the 1980s onward.
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According to Snopes, Petty debunked an urban myth that the song was about a suicide at the University of Florida, which is located in his hometown of Gainesville.
Their hits included "American girl", "Refugee", "Free Fallin'" and "I won't back down".
After a string of further albums with the Heartbreakers, Petty teamed up with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison to record as The Traveling Wilburys; the supergroup's first album, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, was released in 1988 and resulted in Petty's first Grammy Award. It is the highest honor for the creative music of Billboard.
By 1970, Mudcrutch had moved to Los Angeles with hopes of landing a record contract. While bands like Avenged Sevenfold are now going through their own battles, Petty did so over 30 years ago, helping pave the way for the freedom of the creative industries. "But we never doubted the song". He also tried his voice in solo career releasing three albums "Full Moon Fever" (1989), "Wildflowers" (1994) and "Highway Companion" (2006) completely on his own. Not only was Tom a heck of a guitar player, he also rocks out on harmonica in this song.
And hey! Tom Petty didn't just make music.
"Phenomenal show tonight guys", one user wrote. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. "May he rest in peace knowing how much he is loved and appreciated by all of us that are left behind." - former Eagles member Don Felder on Facebook.
- Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music.
In the biography, Petty spoke candidly to Zanes about the abuse he suffered as a child and his struggles with heroin addiction.