Tom Petty died at 8:40 pm Pacific time yesterday. He was 66 years old. I had waited to post anything as it seemed he was announced dead before he was. I decided to wait until I heard something official. Tom Petty’s And The Heartbreakers band manager. Tony Dimitriades, posted this on the band’s Facebook page:
On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 pm PST surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends. – Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on behalf of the family
I always enjoyed his music, and unfortunately, it never worked out where I could see him perform. He was one of the few that I thought that maintained integrity in everything he did. Be it with supergroups or other artists he seemed to maintain his uniqueness in what he did. At this point, I am hoping he is Learning To Fly with the others upstairs…. R.I.P. Tom Petty!