Rocker Tom Petty died Monday at a Los Angeles hospital where he was rushed Sunday after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home, according to TMZ and CBS News.
Petty, 66, who came to fame in the rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica after Los Angeles County Fire Department emergency medical personnel worked to revive him, and he later died.
“It’s shocking, crushing news,” Petty’s friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan tell Rolling Stone in a statement. “I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The trek marked the band’s 40th anniversary and found him playing rarely played deep cuts like their first album’s opener, “Rockin’ Around (With You),” and a selection of Wildflowers cuts. It was intended to be his “last trip around the country.” He told Rolling Stone, though, that it wasn’t his intention to quit playing. “I need something to do, or I tend to be a nuisance around the house,” he said.
Petty was a longtime smoker. As he told Men’s Journal in 2015, he smoked from the time he was 17 though he had gone down to less than a pack a day. But he didn’t bother to pretend he was trying to quit.
“I’m an addict, man,” he said then.
In June 2010, he was trying to quit, even taking up electric cigarettes, which helped his wife, Dana, quit smoking.
“I’ve cut way down,” he told USA TODAY. “You get vapor and a shot of nicotine, nothing burning.”
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