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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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scubaritchy's picture

It has been two weeks to the day that I was blessed to have attended the 2nd to last show at the Hollywood Bowl, never thinking that this would be Tom's last shows. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and The Heartbreakers, for having lost your husband, father, leader and guiding light. Tom's impact on music history is second to none. I consider Tom a groundbreaking musician and a poet of our times. He is in the company of Elvis, Dylan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and other visionaries for his uniqueness, mastery of lyrics and writing that were not just songs, but stories that painted a poignant landscape of the times, the situation, the mood and so much more. But most of all his ability for representing the downtrodden, the underdog and those who are less fortunate, he didn't just sing a song, he spoke to you, he made you feel as if he wrote the song just for you, he was unique in this way and I have never been moved as such by anyone else. I know that carrying on his legacy in some musical form would be something all his fans would love to see, but the personal thoughts of his bandmates are what counts and if this is where this must end, then we have all been blessed to have been part of an extraordinary experience that may be emulated, but never duplicated. RIP Tom.... may your journey continue....
nemo1965's picture

First time i saw Tom Petty and the heartbreakers was in 1979,they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, I was 14 years old and watched them play Rufugee, The next morning I jumped on my bike, rode to the record store, thats when there where record stores, bought Damn the Torpedoes, and been a dedicated hard core fan ever since. Since then I never missed a concert, living in chicago there was always a date on the tour to stop there, I've seen Tom in concert well over 23 times, and still get just as excited to see Tom and the Heartbreakers as much in 2017 as in the past. As with many of you, the music and lyrics Tom created connected with me at a personnel way, in each album he put out there was always songs that seamed to speak to me and relate to my current life situation. When I heard about Tom passing, I refused to believe it, hoping it was kind of bad information and was not true, I'm still struggling with it, not only do I feel my rock hero is gone but I feel like I lost close friend, even though we never met. I have to now keep reliving the last time I saw you, at Wrigley Field this past summer, knowing I will never have a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert ticket in my pocket again. You where my favorite and will be sadly missed. I'm sure you got your wings now Tom and are flying with the angels, I'll never forget the gift your music gave me, never forget you, RIP Tom, your biggest fan. Nemo
mar123's picture

Not any easier. My 1st Petty Show 1986 Bob Dylan / TP&HB Pine Knob Clarkston, MI. My last show 7/18/17 DTE (Pine Knob) Clarkson, MI. I've seen him in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin & California. I've missed good friends weddings, parties and work to see TP&HB. My sons mother used to tell him I loved Tom Petty more than him. Gabe asked me when he was 5 years old if that was true. I said NO. I love you the most but Tom is part of the family. He got it. I took him to his 1st Petty show when he was 12 (2003?) The Palace @ Auburn Hills, MI. He did not know we were going until we got to Lansing and he said where are we and why. We showed the tickets and he got scared because he said his mom would be mad. I said listen kid I'm not telling you to keep this from her but you know what she will do if you say something. He never said a word. I took him to his 2nd and last Petty show after he graduated high school 2009, Summerfest Milwaukee, WI. He took his then girlfriend and I got thier tickets at the box office and he got better seats than me??? That's what you do for your kids. I was able to see them 4 times this tour. Wrigley Field Chicago, IL. Both Summerfest Shows Milwaukee, WI and DTE Clarkston, MI. My girlfriend thought I was crazy but she went to 3 of those shows. Now she says you were right when you said this may be the last time we see him. I was able to see the Riviera Mudcrutch show. What a blessing. This show also has a story. I was unemployed and Heather (Girlfriend) said your unemployed and broke. I'm not going and if you go your shit will be outside when you get home. I pleaded with her for months and it never changed. Then that Saturday came and I checked all day for tickets and on the Mudcrutch website they had some. She would not budge. Finally at 5pm I said listen we can do the same old bon fire Memorial day weekend party or we can make memories that will last a lifetime. She said okay and we made it 20 minutes before they came on. Thank you T
jdgallo's picture

I am having a hard time believing Tom Petty is gone. I was lucky to see him at the Hollywood Bowl on September 21, 2017. I have been seeing him in concert for over 35 years. To me, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were right up there with the Beatles as greatest rock and roll bands and Tom was right up there with Lennon-Mccartney as a songwriter. His music is timeless like the Beatles. When I saw him in concert, he made me feel like he was playing for me as one of his close friends. Always loved when he said before the show that "this tour was brought to you by you". Thank you Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for the best 40 years of my life. I will miss you deeply :( Joseph Gallo
kristenlouise's picture

Thank you Tom, for the music, the concerts, the love you've shown to us fans. My heart is broken and part of me has died. I pray for peace for your wife, family, brother band mates and countless fans. I'll love you forever. You'll never be forgotten. Til we meet again, dear friend. TPN forever - we'll all keep your memory alive.
mdame's picture

I can't find the words to describe how much TP and the Heartbreakers, past and present, have meant to my life. Thank you Tom for the music, which will live on forever. I listen to Heartbreakers music every day, and it will continue to bring me joy and remind me of times in my life that played out to Tom's lyrics and music. In fact Honey Bee was my wedding song and my wife and I dance wildly to it every anniversary, which happens to come next week. I could ramble on and on, so I'll end here by expressing my condolences to Dana, the kids, Mike, Benmont, Ron, Steve, Scott and Tony. I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing, but know there are millions of us with you in spirit, from my former hometown of Gainesville and every corner of the world. RIP Tom Petty. We're alright for now.
TODDPETTY's picture

My deepest condolences to Dana, the children, the entire band, friends and extended family. I thank God for Mr. Petty's music which has been a life long companion to me. I also thank God for his amazing heart, artistry, honesty, humor and courage. Walking with the angels, Mr. Petty, you are a one-of-a-kind into heaven's great wide open. RIP.
mheeren's picture

Sending love and gratitude to the family and band. You all have been such an important part of so many human beings lives. Your art has made this experience of "living" here on earth such a wonderful thing. Quite simply....thank you
kookooaju's picture

I've been listening to Tom since the 70's and he was the soundtrack to my life. I've seen Tom every year he toured since 1981, and every concert was fantastic and he and the heartbreakers always gave a 125% at every show. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom, I felt like he was a good friend. Im still in shock, and Im at a loss for words for what he and his music meant to me, all I can say is....... thank you Tom for all the Great music and great memories!!!!!
shep84's picture

You are at the Room at the Top and your not coming down. Thank you for being such a light in the world for me when it was dark.
melodyanne's picture

I grew up listening to Tom and the band he literally has written the sound track to my life. I've spent the last 12 years seeing him where ever and when ever I could. Feel blessed to have been to three shows on the last tour. Thank you for giving the world your gift of music and for personally touching my heart and soul. My deepest condolences to Tom's family, bandmates, friends and many fans. If you're like me the tears keep flowing as the reality of never seeing him again settles in our hearts. I believe with all my heart that Tom is among the wildflowers somewhere bright and new. Love you Tom . . . Melody Good, Edmonton AB, Canada
iamagoodgirl's picture

Free To Fly Forever. GodSpeed Our Angel❤️
jose_carlos_branco's picture

I bought my first Tom Petty's LP when I was 13 years old, here in Brazil, city of Curitiba. It's always been a big effort to get LP's. And after that I never stopped following Tom. In many moments of my life Tom and the Heartbreakers were my only friends. Moments of glory and bad moments. I grew up with these songs. Tom and the Heratbreakers are my family too. I'm heartbroken, really. Much love Tom's family and friends. I feel orphaned. I lost a piece of my heart.
wildblueroan's picture

Hear you. Many of us feel bereft and a profound loss that nothing can fill. Hang in there.
headrush's picture

For the past 24 hours I have been trying to figure out what I wanted to say about the passing of Tom Petty. Like a lot of us I am having a hard time grasping that he has actually left us and it hurts. From my first cassette of Damn the Torpedoes in 1979 through Hypnotic Eye his music has always been part of the fabric of my life. Great memories of my first love, swim meets, high school parties, summers at the beach, Seton Hall dorms, taking my wife and numerous friends to their first show and my 4 year old daughter asking me to play tracks from Highway Companions every time we got in the car.....These are all moments I will never forget. The love and the passion for rock ‘n’ roll and each other that Tom and the Heartbreakers had, they passed on to all of their fans every single time they stepped on the stage. They never disappointed me in the almost 20 times that I saw them and every time I left the shows I felt uplifted and happy for days. My heart goes out to Dana and his children and to the entire Heartbreakers family. Thank you Tom for the legacy of your music and your loyalty, compassion and love as a human have left us too soon. RIP....
chuckmorris62's picture

I have felt sadness before when I heard the news of artist passing away. Never has it been profound enough to make me feel the real sense of loss and geniune grief I am feeling now. Goodbye Tom...and thank you for all the music you made for us. Your family, bandmates, friends and all the other big fans out there are in my prayers. Hope it helps them get through this very sad time.
Jackiempowers's picture

We All Have Very Heavy Hearts For Tom Petty And His Family and Friends. May God Guide You Through Your Hard Times And Bless You All. ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️✝️
10936B's picture

Dear Annakim Violet, Thank you for calling out the Rolling Stone on their b******t your father was a genuine human being and one of the greatest songwriters of our time. My deepest condolences to you, your family, and your loved ones, and The Heartbreakers. My heart is truly broken. Ellen
bfaraghan's picture

Love You Tom. My sister, best friend and I saw you first at Winterland San Francisco in 78. Loved you, The Heartbreakers, and the music ever since. The world is slightly less without you here. Peace and hope you have found a higher ground.
Trishinati's picture

Devasting News. Loved TP since I was a 14 year old girl. Lucky to see him perform many many times. After seeing the 40th anniversary show in Cincinnati, I made a crazy impulse purchase for tickets to the last show at Hollywood Bowl 9/25. Flew in Sun morning....44 hours in LA; witnessed a most amazing show at the beautiful Hollywood Bowl. It meant so much to us even before yesterday’s sad event. Thank you Tom Petty family for sharing your American Original with all of us fans for so many decades. We are eternally grateful to have his genius artistic creations to ease the pain and enjoy for generations to come.
Kmcgovern0101's picture

There is only one word to describe losing Tom Petty and that is ...Devastating! I feel like I have lost my best friend... Although he never knew we were best friends :( His music has helped me through many tough times over the last 30 years. My heart goes out to the Petty family and The Heartbreakers. Tom will always have a place in my heart no one else can fill. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will always live on in Rock and Roll history! Tom the legacy you have left will never die in our home. "Good night sweet baby, sleep tight my love. May God watch over you from above" Tom you will be forever missed!!
remissionx's picture

This one really hurts. I feel so fortunate to have had many wonderful experiences with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Thank you for your music, awesome attitude on life and giving soul. May you Rest In Peace Tom Petty. I’m going to miss you.
Jughead43's picture

I am devastated to hear of Tom's passing. I want to thank Tom and The Heartbreakers for the hope and inspiration they have given me through their music. I have been a true fan for over 30 years, I have seen them play over 20 times, and truly feel blessed to have experienced them all in my life. Thank you guys. I pray that the Lord finds ways to comfort all of Tom's family and friends. Your music will touch lives forever. God Bless you all.
Rdittoe's picture

My wife and I are about Tom's age. We listened to him on the radio and had some of his albums back in the 70's but didn't realize the breadth of his music until becoming avid listeners of Tom Petty Radio. When we got the opportunity to see him in Columbus during the 40th Anniversary tour we were spellbound. We loved the concert so much we flew to Boston to see him there and then flew to see his last concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Never would we have imagined that when he rocked out "American Girl" we would be seeing his last song. We've seen a lot of famous people pass on but never have we had the same empty feeling as we're experiencing now. It's like we lost a good friend. Thanks for the great music Tom and thoughts and prayers for your family and friends during this tough time. You'll live on through your music forever.
wildblueroan's picture

Like so many others I am struggling to balance feelings of profound gratitude for the meaning, solace and magic Tom gave us as throughout our lives, the intention to send him out with the light of our love and the bottomless grief we feel. The world already feels so much colder and meaner without his spirit. Peace and strength to the Heartbreakers and to his family.
10936B's picture

A diamond in the sky forever. RIP Tom Petty My sympathies to your beautiful family.
plarsen's picture

Thank you very much for sharing your music with the world. Your music will never die. See you on the other side.
mokeen's picture

Tom, Thanks for being you!! We are all heartbroken. Love to your family.
claudio_ny's picture

I'm going to write in spanish, Tuvimos la suerte con my wife de ver a Tom in MSG hace 3 years y repetir el recien pasado July 27 in Queens, NY acompanados de un gran amigo que vino desde Chile a ver el concert, no sabiamos ni remotamente que esa seria la ultima vez que vimos, cantamos, bailamos y disfrutamos en vivo de unos de los grandes del Rock. Ayer fue un pesimo Monday, cuando recibi the bad news quede helado y sin muy trizte, duro y dificil de entender, el tiempo y su gran legado ayudaran a cerrar las heridas. Good bye brother Tom!!, nos diste muchas horas y dias de entretenimiento, comentario, placer y gozo escuchando tu gran musica, thank you, god bless you and prayers for your family, friends and band. GALVEZTON, LONG ISLAND, NY
DEV and MARY's picture

We are so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. He has been an inspiration for me as a musician since 76' and my wife and I have followed his tours throughout the last 3 decades in the western states. We love Tom and will miss him very much and we hope his family and close friends are able to survive this his devastating loss. Thank you Tom for all of you awesome music, storytelling, making us all dance and rock out with you! You will never be forgotten and will be loved and your legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace my great brother from another. Deven & Mary Finnie Stun Gun Jones band Monterey California