Los Angeles, California: Rock and Roll legend, Tom Petty, famous for classics such as “Free Fallin,’ “Refugee” and “American Girl,” has died. Petty passed away Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, spokeswoman Carla Sacks said. He was 66.
There were earlier conflicting reports (not Nigeria Circle News) which suggested that Tom Petty had died Monday following a full cardiac arrest he suffered on Sunday night. Those turned out to be innacurate.
Tom Petty made an everlasting mark on music history with The Heartbreakers, bursting onto the scene in 1976. The Gainesville, Florida native was a three-time Grammy award winner and is best known for his songs “Free Fallin,” “I Won’t Back Down,” ” Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “American Girl.”
Petty just completed his 40th-anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers, but had said it would be “the last big one.”
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” he continued. “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.”
Our condolences go out to Tom’s family and friends.
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Tom 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.
Born in Gainesville, Florida, Petty has infused his brand of rock ‘n’ roll with Southern influences and a dark lyrical sense, with songs of small-town Americans striving but facing roadblocks.