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Tom Petty Dead at 66

Legendary singer suffered cardiac arrest


Tom Petty, 66, died Monday at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he was taken off life support after suffering a massive heart attack Sunday night at his home in Malibu, California.

EMTs found Petty in full cardiac arrest but were able to get a pulse before rushing him by ambulance to the hospital.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been the voice and soul of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers since the debut of their self-titled album in 1976. Their first Top 10 single was 1979's "Don't Do Me Like That," a feat that Petty kept doing like that for 40 years with the band and as a solo artist.

His signature hits with the Hearbreakers in the '80s included "Refugee," "The Waiting," and "You Got Lucky."

Petty's 1989 solo album "Full Moon Fever" spawned three Top 40 singles: "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'," his highest-charting solo hit at No. 7.

"This is unbearable," Sheryl Crow said on Twitter. "You brought us so much joy."

It was one week ago tonight that Petty and the Heartbreakers wrapped up their extensive 40th anniversary tour with the last of three sold-out shows at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl.

That night, Petty's official website saluted the effort. "Fifty-three shows. Twenty-four states," says the anonymous post. "Twelve lighting crew. Eleven truck drivers. Nine in Production. Seven sound guys. Six backline crew. Six months. Five opening acts. Three countries. Three riggers. One legendary band and over one million legendary fans. Thank you to all!"

The message is posted along side a photo of Petty from behind, waving goodbye.

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