Tom Petty found at his Malibu home and sadly dies later in hospital age 66

Tom Petty has died in California aged 66, a statement was issued on behalf of his family.

Tom Petty was found at his Malibu home and sadly died later in hospital aged only 66.

He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time, surrounded by his family, bandmates and friends, said his manager Tony Dimitriades.

Tom was a co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys group in the late 1980s, touring with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison.

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American rock musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Petty served as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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