Reports have just come in that rock legend Tom Petty has passed. Tributes are pouring in for the music legend as he is and will be considered one of the greats. Petty was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital from his Santa Monica home last night.

He was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest and he was not breathing.  However, Emergency Medical Technicians report that they were able to get a pulse and was put on life support last night. But he just died.


Petty performed at the BottleRock Fest in Napa in the spring, and at the Greek in Berkeley in August. Petty was just wrapping up a huge tour, ending at the Hollywood Bowl late last Monday.

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He had just played at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Sunday night.  In December he stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that the tour would likely be “the last big one.” The tour was to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Heartbreakers’ debut.


“Oh no. Tom Petty RIP. Too young. So insanely talented & sweet. Soundtrack of our lives.”


His condition was considered critical from the moment he was found but recent updates state that there is no brain activity and the decision has been made as of this morning to pull life support.  He is just 66-years-old.  Petty was very proud of his granddaughter and had plans to spend as much time with her as possible off the road, stating –

“We’re all on the backside of our 60s. 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.”

Petty is a much-beloved musician originally hailing from Gainesville, Florida with a career spanning back to 1976 starting with his group, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and later a solo career.  Petty was also a member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys in the late ’80s playing alongside such greats as Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. The band had a string of hits that many like myself were raised on and bring back a host of memories.


Petty had a string of hits that many like myself were raised on and bring back a host of childhood memories.  Among those songs are hits like “American Girl,” “Breakdown,” “Free Fallin’,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “You Got Lucky,” and “Refugee” along with many more.  Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

In Petty’s own insightful words….

I wanna glide down over Mulholland…. I wanna write her name in the sky…. I’m gonna free fall out into nothin…..Gonna leave this world for a while.  

Petty will forever be one of my personal favorites and as he goes “into the great wide open under the sky so blue” may he rest in peace.  America has lost a legend. #DamnTheTorpedoes

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