Tom Petty, Rock God, Dies @ 66

TMZ is reporting that rock god Tom Petty was discovered in full cardiac arrest at his home Sunday night, was rushed to the hospital and was put on life support.

According to the gossip site, which is rarely wrong on matters of health, Petty was removed from life support after it was determined he had no brain activity.

Via TMZ:

Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

EMTs rushed to his Malibu home and were able to get a pulse. He was rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and our sources say he was put on life support.

He died at 66 later the next day, CBS News confirmed.

Petty was known as a solo artist, as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and as a member of '80s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (with Jeff Lynne, b. 1947; Roy Orbison, 1936-1988; George Harrison, 1943-2001; and Bob Dylan, b. 1941).

Petty, who has sold over 80 million records and is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, released many classic singles in his more-than-4o-year career, including 1977's "American Girl," which failed to hit the U.S. Billboard Top 40, and yet went on to become a staple of rock radio.

Other memorable Petty tunes, solo and with his band, include: "Breakdown" (1977), "Don't Do Me Like That" (1979), "Refugee" (1980), "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (duet with Stevie Nicks, his biggest hit, 1981), "You Got Lucky" (1982), "Don't Come Around Here No More" (1985), "I Won't Back Down" (1989), "Free Fallin'" (1989), "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (1993) and "You Don't Know How It Feels" (1994).

His last Billboard Hot 100 entry was "Saving Grace" in 2006.

Petty is survived by his wife, Dana; their two daughters; and a granddaughter.

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