R.I.P.

Tom Petty has passed away, aged 66

The star had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday night.

Tom Petty has passed away, aged 66

Tom Petty’s manager Tony Dimitriades has confirmed that the star has died at the age of 66. He was admitted to hospital on Sunday night after suffering a cardiac arrest, and he died on Monday night.

Born in Gainesville in 1950, Petty embarked on a solo career after a stint in the band Mudcrutch, where he formed a backing band, The Heartbreakers. Their self-titled album was released in 1976, which featured one of his signature songs, ‘American Girl’, as well as ‘Breakdown’.

Petty was also part of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He continued working with Lynne on his first solo album ‘Full Moon Fever’, which featured hits such as ‘Free Fallin’.

In recent years, Petty reunited with Mudcrutch, with their most recent album arriving in 2016.

As reported by Pitchfork, he iconic singer and songwriter died “surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends”.

Read a full statement from Tony Dimitriades below.

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