He was best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music has been classified as rock and roll, heartland rock, and even stoner rock. In 1988, Petty joined George Harrison’s group, the Traveling Wilburys, which also included Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne.
CORRECTION: CBS News was reporting that Tom Petty was dead. But about an hour after the CBS report went online, the Los Angeles Police Department said it could not confirm his death, setting off mass confusion on social media over Mr. Petty’s actual condition.
UPDATE: He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends on October 2nd, 2017. He was 66 years old.
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