Rock legend Tom Petty died Monday, according to his longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades. According to TMZ, EMT personnel reportedly found the singer at his Malibu house in full cardiac arrest; he was not breathing. People magazine confirmed that the Los Angeles County Fire Department was “dispatched to the Malibu home of an unconscious male around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday night and transported him to a local hospital.”
According to Dimitriades’s statement, Petty passed away at 8:40 p.m. (PST).
“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 8:40 p.m. (PST) surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.
Petty had just come off a fortieth-anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers; the group played its most recent gig at the Hollywood Bowl on September 25.
This story has been updated.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 2, 2017