Rocker Tom Petty dies at 66, longtime manager confirms

Tom Petty [courtesy SONY DSC]

LOS ANGELES (WSAV) – Rock legend Tom Petty has died at age 66, according to his longtime manager.

“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,” a statement from Tony Dimitriades, Petty’s manager, reads.

According to TMZ, Petty was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support after EMS responders found him unconscious, not breathing, and in full cardiac arrest.

Following his arrival at the hospital, Petty had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support. TMZ reports that his family had a ‘do not resuscitate’ order.

Dimitriades says Petty died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. on October 2 “surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Petty played his last show a week ago at the Hollywood Bowl during the band’s 40th-anniversary tour.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers debuted their first self-titled record in 1976.

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