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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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Chadow's picture

Goodbye Tom. You were a good man to ride the river with. Thank you for everything.
AJustice3's picture

I am thankful that my Mama and I were blessed to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in May of this year in Memphis. It had always been a dream of mine to get to see him live. I can remember being a kid watching the video for Free Fallin’ and for Don’t Come Around Here No More, and just being in awe. That was when I was about 9 or 10 years old. Then my memories of The Traveling Wilburys, oh boy...where to begin!! I thank my Daddy for introducing me to them and for the love of classic rock!! These songs, collectively, have shaped my life in so many ways. Most recently, in this past year, the Wildflowers album especially and Tom’s music in general, have helped me through so many things. My radio has basically stayed on Tom’s SiriusXM channel. Walls, Wildflowers, Time to Move On...those three songs especially...they helped me realize harboring unforgiveness and resentment and locking myself inside myself wasn’t going to make me better, only bitter. And that all the world’s happiness was right outside those “walls,” in that “field,” if I’d just “move on”...and it was...and it was “the end of that line...” and now I found my love and he’s “on my arm...” I pray Tom rests in peace, he gave so much of himself to so many for so long. He had such a talent. I pray for his family, because they truly gave Tom to share him with the rest of us, so that he could share his gifts with the world to help and to heal and to entertain. Also prayers to his fellow entertainers and his friends and his band mates...thank you for the music and the memories.
tbell2's picture

Tom Petty was one of the, if not the, best American songwriters, singer's, guitar players, of all time. I loved him and all of the wonderful music he made that truly was a huge part of my life. I was lucky enough to have seen him live many times. I took my children to the 40th anniversary tour, and it is a memory all of us will never forget. We all loved Tom so much and loved the Heartbreakers as well. HIs music and memory will live on as long as there are people on the earth. I pray for Tom's family and band mates. I will listen and watch his live DVD's for the rest of my life....I love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!
ggeigernp's picture

Since the first time that I heard Breakdown, on the radio, Tom Petty has written the soundtrack to my life. It seemed that he was sitting in the back seat of my car, speaking to my soul! Tom you might be gone from this world but you’re music and spirit will be relevant until the end of time! LOVE
Careymccleary's picture

Sitting here listening to him and reading everyone’s posts and stories! Couldn’t bring myself to even get on until now- all the good stuff is making me laugh and yet I’m still sad- not just for myself, but for all of us and his family and band mates especially! Thanks for all the memories and great times! He’s out there now- into the great wide open...
berd's picture

It has been 10 days. Still so very hard to take. My deepest sympathy to Tom's family and friends. We will all miss him greatly. Thankful that I saw him in concert in Seattle in August. R.I.P.
KatJoy's picture

"Tom Petty gave more than we deserved-- unselfishly." -K.
terdy's picture

My deepest condolences to his family, band mates and friends. My loss is musical, yours is so very personal.
terdy's picture

Still just so very sad
ginnyval2012's picture

I'm so sad about the loss of Tom Petty. I've followed TP and Heartbrakers since late 1970s and I can't say enough about their music and lyrics, which have taken me throughout my life to date. He will truly be missed by us all. Thanks so much for all the excellent live shows over the years. Condolences to his family and band mates.
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.