Legendary rocker Tom Petty, best known as the frontman of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, passed away after he suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. In an update from TMZ, it was revealed that after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers formed in 1976, and amassed a string of hits including “Breakdown”, “American Girl”, “Refugee”, “Don’t Do Me Like That”, “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, “Learning To Fly” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. A a solo artist, Petty hit the charts with a number of songs, including “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, and “Runnin’ Down A Dream”.
Petty had a huge hit with Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks on the song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, which appeared on her 1981 solo album, Bella Donna. He also performed alongside Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne in the hugely successful Travelin’ Wilburys.