Rock legend Tom Petty is no more

Los Angeles, Oct 3: Veteran rocker Tom Petty has passed after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 66. 

Petty's longtime manager confirmed the singer's death and said that the the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer took his last breath at his home in Malibu, reported People magazine. 

"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. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends," the singer's manager said in a statement.

The news of Petty's death capped a whirlwind day after his hospitalisation following cardiac arrest. 

Born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, Florida, Petty became interested in the genre when he met Elvis Presley at age ten; he said he knew he wanted to form a band when he saw the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. He even took lessons from future Eagles guitarist Don Felder.

Petty formed his first band, Mudcrutch, in Gainesville at the age of 20. After the band dissolved in 1975, Petty recruited fellow Mudcrutchers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, along with Ron Blair and Stan Lynch to form his most popular group, the Heartbreakers.

After releasing their eponymous debut in 1976 and its follow-up, 1978's 'You're Gonna Git It!, the group became a commercial hit. Their next four albums, from 1979's 'Damn the Torpedoes' to 1985's 'Southern Accents', all charted in the top ten of Billboard's albums chart.

By the mid-'80s, Petty joined the league of big stars of rock n roll, touring and collaborating with the likes of Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

His highest-profile collaboration as the '80s rolled into the '90s, when Petty joined with Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne to form the Traveling Wilburys. 

Petty wrote his solo debut, 1989's 'Full Moon Fever', in conjunction with Lynne.

The rocker, however privately struggled with heroin addiction in the '90s, a 2015 biography revealed.