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Thomas Earl Petty

Birthplace: Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
Death: October 02, 2017 (66)
UCLA Medical Center, Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Cardiac arrest)
Immediate Family:

Son of Earl Petty and Katherine Johey Avery
Husband of Private
Ex-husband of Private
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Musician, Singer, Song-Writer, Producer
Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Tom Petty

Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950, died October 2, 2017) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. He has also performed under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury.

He has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which remain heavily played on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music, and notably his hits, have become popular among younger generations as he continues to host sold-out shows. Throughout his career, Petty and his collaborators have sold 60 million albums.


"Petty's songs are typically in the past tense; the passion in them was vivid and present and, at the same time, always already over. It was nearly summer, we sat on your roof, he wrote in "Even the Losers." Yeah, we smoked cigarettes and we stared at the moon/ And I showed you stars you never could see/ It couldn't have been that easy to forget about me."
"It won't be."

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Tom Petty's Timeline

October 20, 1950
Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, United States
October 2, 2017
Age 66
UCLA Medical Center, Westwood, Los Angeles County, California, United States