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Tom Petty: 1950 - 2017

  • October 2, 2017
    Tom Petty: 1950 - 2017

    Photo: Lynn Goldsmith


    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 8:40PM PST surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.

    - Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family

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on October 2, 2017

Photo: Lynn Goldsmith


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 8:40PM PST surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.

- Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family

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Tmckiddy's picture

Devastating sadness. I love rock, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are my #1. Loved you from the start and still do. Thank you for resuscitating rock when it really needed it. Thank you for the joy in my heart when I hear your music. Thank you for the precious memories. Thank you for your success, because you were a fan too. God bless your family, the Heartbreakers, and all that will miss you.
victory1967's picture

Thank you Mr Petty. I did not know you personally but listening to your music gave me a friend. I will be eternally grateful for providing me with comfort during my darker days. In 2013, I bought a ticket and reserved a hotel room at the last minute, and began my solo trek to Saratoga Springs from Massachusetts. With the Jeep top down, your music was my Highway Companion as I headed out to upstate New York. I will never forget those two days. Amazing show as always. I am so grateful that I was able to see you live in Boston this past July. Pure happiness. Although my heart is broke and I am still learning to fly, I will always rejoice in your music. My sincerest condolences to The Heartbreakers and family. You have your wings now, Tom Petty. Now keep on movin'. GodSpeed.
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stultsj25's picture

Can't believe i'll never get to see him in concert again. Saw him 3 times this year, but I didn't think that would be the last time. He was the greatest songwriter of all time in my opinion. His lyrics were simple but they were able to be molded to everybody's individual situation which made his songs have a personal connection that you just don't get much anymore. His live shows were absolutely incredible. There is just a feeling you get when you are at a Petty show that I haven't felt at any other concert. Almost spiritual. His music has been the soundtrack to some of the most joyous times of my life and has gotten me through some of the toughest times in my life as well. I will be jamming his music until the day I die. RIP Tom! Thanks for some of the best memories of my life!
sd0141's picture

My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family and friends. His music will live on in all of us. Thanks Tom for everything.
jbmd's picture

I'm 60 and TP has been my favorite music artist since I first saw the heartbreakers at the Tower theatre in Philly in the late 70's. I've been to every Phiily tour since then and my kids grew up with him. So many great memories. I'm getting tears writing this. RIP I will listen to your music till my death. Brad McDermott
garyk's picture

How could one man and one band bring so much joy and happiness to so many? There will never be anything like A Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Concert again. The day the music died........
dodgerhater1's picture nailed it in your message. God Bless TP's picture

Never ever cried over a famous persons death until now. Just crushed. You touched my life and I thank you.
paulwolfe's picture

Although I've enjoyed Tom's music for many years, I had never seen him in concert. Two months ago I took my son to the show in Toronto and we were both blown away by the sheer quality and quantity of the band's instantly recognizable music. I've been on this earth one more year than Tom and have seen all of my musical heroes numerous times, but rarely have I enjoyed a performance as much as I did that night. My son and I talked about the show numerous times in the last two months and we were both extremely saddened to hear yesterday's news. Along with our collective mourning, we must be thankful for the 40+ years of musical happiness that he brought to us all.
ksam320's picture

Tom Petty has been part of my life for 40 years. I am heartbroken not just for myself but, for his friends and family too. I can’t imagine my life without the soundtrack he has made for it. All my love to those who are suffering due to this devastating blow.
amhobby's picture

I can't find the words.
mogley's picture

Deepest Condolences to The Petty Family & to The Heart Breakers. A Billion Hearts are Breaking with you.....
Cinderella622's picture

My heart is breaking today at the loss of such an incredible person, musician and life long friend! I have worshiped this man since 1973, living in Gainesville, Florida and seeing "Mudcrutch" for free every Sunday on the North Union lawn. The Heartbreakers influenced my love of music and I thank you, Thomas Earl Petty for blessing us with your presence! I will miss you, you Crabby Old Hippy. RIP Cindy E., Sarasota, Florida
Neil95662's picture

My wife and I finally were privileged to see him this Aug at G1 Center, and what a show. We feel so fortunate to have witnessed this American icon play his best music, and the band sounded great. Thank you Tom for providing the soundtrack to my early years, you will be missed but never forgotten.
amandaleff's picture

Thanks for a million memories and all that great music. I'm sad beyond belief
dhoudek's picture

Thank you for taking us along on the ride. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Cmreay's picture

Rock and roll will never be the same...
klinla's picture

Tom was a true warrior of Rock and Roll. His gift to the music industry will never be completely appreciated. Most importantly he was always good to his fans. Wheather fighting the music industry on record prices or refunding the fans their ticket prices for incomplete shows (see Henry Fonda Theatre) his grace and human compassion will be soarly missed. When a kindred spirt such as himself is taken from humanity the scar remains for a while. Thank you Tom for everything. You will be missed. This is one of those "days the music dies".
nmmand3's picture

TP lives on, in his music, in our grateful for him in my time on this planet. ❤
HollyHenry's picture

Thank you for all of the songs and all of the joy they brought. I am heartbroken, but oh so grateful that I got to attend a show from this most recent tour. It is unfathomable how one so vital on the stage such a scant few months ago is now gone from us. My deepest sympathies to your family, friends, and the Heartbreakers. May the warm memories of the good times you shared together comfort you in this time of such great loss. Rock on, TP.
zeke's picture

This is a very sad day indeed, the music of tom and the boys got me thru so many shit times in my life, many self inflicted. The songs guided, moved, healed,and in the darkest or happiest of lyrics there was the lesson that each day was a new opportunity to seize. To love, nurture and show resilience and it could be done with a touch of humor, defiance and grace. To the family and band, god bless and my strength to you. To tom, thank you.
dodgerhater1's picture

Tom your music and poetry created so much happiness for me and my brothers and my best friends. We never met but your music was a beacon for happiness in my life. God Bless you and your family and the Heartbreakers. P.S. you went to heaven before i hit the lotto and was going to ask you and the Heartbreakers to play the Coachhouse in San Juan Capistrano with me picking the setlist. No words to describe all the good times at Irvine, Pacific Amp, Greek Theatre Berkely, Hard Rock Vegas, Forum, Honda Center, and even Palm Desert. RIP to the Coolest and greatest Singer song writer rocker of ALL TIME.
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I'm devastated.
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Thank you TP for decades of listening pleasure and unrivaled live shows. You brought joy to millions and proved to the world that the underdog can make it big with drive, passion and a relentless pursuit for things you believe in. My sincerest condolences to Dana, the family, your bandmates and to the many friends who adored you and respected you for everything you gave to them. You were an inspiration to many through your unparalled song writing. Your shows were paramount and it was clear that you enjoyed sharing your talents with everyone and more importantly were grateful for the support and love given back. Your legacy will last forever. Rest in peace, my brother! Warmest regards, Manny Lazaro
jfbailey's picture

RIP Tom. Thank you for so many great memories. Your songs were a huge part of the soundtrack of my life. May God bless your family and friends.'s picture

Thanks so much Tom Petty! You were such an inspiration to many,many people! I am devastated to hear that you are gone but I am comforted by the memories I have of your concert this past July in Toronto. My boyfriend called out to you & you answered him! It was so surreal! We are grieving along with the millions of other fans. Our sincerest condolances to your bandmates & family. You will really be missed. You were taken from us way too soon. R.I.P. Sincerely, CRYSTLE TALES & JAMIE SCOTT CHATHAM ONTARIO CANADA
johnortizjr's picture

I cannot believe I have lost a very close person in my life. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers help me like many others get thru the pains in life, especially for me when your heart does get broken. He helped explain it to me many years before he echoed those words "love is a long long road" He was my best friend for many years, my background music for emotions and understanding many things inside. He will be missed. I am so glad I got to see him many times at many places including his last show at Red Rocks this summer.. And that I got to share him with family and friends and my kids. He will live on forever. Thanks Sirius XM for sharing him also... Long Live Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in our hearts. the good die young.