Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as “Free Fallin,’ “Refugee” and “American Girl,” has died. He was 66.
Petty passed away Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, spokeswoman Carla Sacks said.
False reports of his death circulated hours before his death after news outlets, including this one, picked up on misleading information from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Petty was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his home on the night of Oct. 1, according to PEOPLE. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and admitted in critical condition. Petty would later be removed from life support.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers clocked a number of hits during an influential career that spanned four decades. Petty and his band had recently concluded their 2017 tour, and Petty had told Rolling Stone this would potentially be their last one.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big one,” he told Rolling Stone late last year. “We’re all on the backside of our sixties… I don’t want to spend my life on the road.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.