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Overview (4)

Born in Gainesville, Florida, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (accidental overdose)
Birth NameThomas Earl Petty
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, USA as Thomas Earl Petty. He was married to Dana York and Jane Ann Benyo. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Dana York (3 June 2001 - 2 October 2017) ( his death)
Jane Ann Benyo (26 March 1974 - 9 September 1996) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

World-weary vocals
Rickenbacker 660/12 Guitar

Trivia (14)

Rock singer/guitarist, recording and performing solo as well as leader of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1975-2017).
Had two daughters: Adria Petty and Anna Kim Petty.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) (2002).
Shared the same birthday with Viggo Mortensen and Snoop Dogg.
Had said that he regarded his and the Heartbreakers' best work was when they collaborated with Johnny Cash on the legend's album "Unchained" (1996). The Heartbreakers would perform on Cash's next two albums after that (which would be his last), but due to other engagements, Petty was less involved with those.
Ranked #43 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 28, 1999.
He and his band recorded several platinum selling albums at Cherokee Recording Studios, including "Damn the Torpedoes" (1979) and "Hard Promises" (1981). He also collaborated with Stevie Nicks at Cherokee on the platinum recording "Stop Dragging My Heart Around".
Early in the morning of October 2, 2017, Petty was found unconscious at his Malibu home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8:40 pm PDT that evening. According to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, the cause of death was "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity" and the manner of death was "accident". He also suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.
In May 1987, an arsonist set fire to Petty's house in Encino, California. Firefighters were able to salvage the basement recording studio and the original tapes stored there, as well his Gibson Dove acoustic guitar. However, his signature gray top hat was destroyed. Petty later rebuilt the house with fire-resistant materials.
On July 9, 2017, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers headlined the final night of the British Summer Tour festival in Hyde Park in London, supported by Stevie Nicks, who joined them on stage for the performance of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".
On July 13, 1985, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers appeared at the world-spanning charity rock concert Live Aid which was broadcast on MTV uninterrupted from Philadelphia and London.
On October 16, 2017, he was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. He passed away less than three weeks away from what would have been his 67th birthday on October 20.

Personal Quotes (5)

I'm not exactly a guy who makes new friends easily.
[on Howie Epstein's death] It's like you got a tree dying in the backyard. And you're kind of used to the idea that it's dying. But you look out there one day and they cut it down. And you just can't imagine that beautiful tree isn't there anymore.
It's funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can't afford the music.
Rock 'n' roll is a music that represents truth. Your TV channel has taken the word "rock" and knocked the "roll" off the end. You made rock this umbrella term for everything. That's wrong. Shakira isn't rock. These country artists with fur coats aren't rock - or country. I offered a video to VH1 of my band playing in the studio and they don't want to air it because it had musicians playing in it. They want some babe walking on the beach or whatever.
Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.

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