Tom Petty: Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Passes Away At 66

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Yesterday was a sad day for music indeed. If the shooting at the concert in Las Vegas was not enough, American icon Tom Petty passed away. The legend suffered from a cardiac arrest and passed away surrounded by family, friends and bandmates. Tony Dimitriades, his longtime manager, issued a statement expressing his grief at the passing of a dear friend and leader. He told the press that Tom Petty passed away at 8:40 p.m. Pacific Time. Tom’s premature departure has left everyone in a state of personal loss.

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The death of the legend seems almost cruel considering that he had just wrapped up the 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers, staying on the road from April to August, with more dates planned next month. Many fans, who could not see him on the tour, were promised that they would see him the next time. And now there would be no next time for them or him. The singer was always on the road and played at halftimes in the Super Bowl. He ruled the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was never seemingly far from any fan’s reach. Tom Petty was a symbol of hope for country music, which seems now in turmoil and uncertainty.

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According to Petty, every good song should provide mental images stringing together to form a short movie of some sort. He was always considered an underdog in country music, considering all his songs had characters fighting for some sort of survival. Tom was nominated for the Grammys 18 times, winning three and sold tens of millions of copies of records with the Heartbreakers. He was with the Heartbreakers since 1976, from the dive bars of Gainesville to the biggest stages in the world. The group released a decent album every now and then, not letting even a decade go without good music.

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