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The Heartbreak: Tom Petty Confirmed to Have Passed Away at 66

Long-time manager, Tony Dimitriades confirms singer's death on behalf of family


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Update: 9:26pm: Long-time manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirms the singer's death on behalf of his family to CNN.

** This is a developing story. Earlier reports stating Tom Petty has died are now unconfirmed as the cited source from the LAPD say they have no jurisdiction in the case. We will update once a statement is released.*

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The enigmatic crooner of The Heartbreakers, Tom Petty was reported to have passed away today, Mon., Oct 2, sources stating he was found unresponsive but with a pulse, in a state of full cardiac arrest before paramedics transported him to hospital. CBS confirmed — but later retracted — the death at 1pm EST with website TMZ citing law enforcement sources (the LAPD) stating Petty was on life support at UCLA Santa Monica before the decision was made to pull the plug. His condition remains unknown.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan — a friend of Petty’s and a Traveling Wilbury's bandmate said — It’s shocking, crushing news...I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the l"ght, a friend and I’ll never forget him."

Petty had just finished a 40th anniversary tours with The Heartbreakers on Sep., 22. A mainstay in the rock scene, Petty and his band have sold 60 millions albums with 12 albums hit the Billboard Top 10 charts since the first — Damn the Torpedoes — hit number two in the late ‘70s. Some of his greatest works were what are now dubbed as classic rock hits, “American Girl,” “Free Fallin,” and “Refugee.” His last album, Hypnotic Eye was released in 2014 to much critical acclaim.

Before embarking on his last tour with The Heartbreakers, Petty told “Rolling Stone” that he thought it might be his last tour. “...I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one,” he said. “We're all on the backside of our sixties. 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."

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