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Tom Petty dead at 66


By Tim Surette,

Tom Petty has passed away at the age of 66 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.

The legendary rocker was found unconscious on Sunday night in his Malibu home and rushed to a Santa Monica hospital. TMZ says that upon arriving at the hospital, Petty showed no brain activity and the decision was made to take him off life support. CBS News confirmed Petty's passing.

Petty performed most often as the lead in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and is one of the top-selling musical artists of all time with more than 80 million records sold. Petty also co-founded the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Some of Petty's most notable work include the jukebox staples "American Girl," "Refugee," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Freefallin'," "Learning to Fly," and "You Don't Know How It Feels." Petty also performed the coveted halftime show at Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

Petty had some limited television work, guest starring on Garry Shandling's shows It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show, as well as voicing the character of Lucky on King of the Hill.

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