Rocker Tom Petty hospitalised

Local musician remembers rocker Tom Petty

Petty's publicist confirmed late Monday that the rocker died at 8:40 p.m. after having suffered cardiac arrest. Reports of Petty's death also prompted an outpouring of grief on Twitter, where he was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon.

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow described Petty as an icon, saying he was "a true rock and roll purist, both in his music and his defiant spirit".

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However, in 1997, Tom Petty fell on hard times.

The veteran star had been found unconscious and not breathing at his Malibu home on Sunday night, as first reported by TMZ.

"So he's not breathing at all?" the dispatcher responds. "I think that must have inspired the lyric".

Down here on E Street, we're devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty.

"He's very slightly breathing", York then says. We had to watch her fade out slowly.

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Tom Petty's daughter, AnnaKim Violette, posted this sweet photo on Instagram on Monday.

The maroon blazer she brought with her to sit at her father's bedside had black lapels and skull-and-crossbones patches. He was a year older than I, but he seemed ageless. "One week ago today I was watching my dad play we showed up rushed to our seats", she said.

But she suggested in other posts that her father was indeed facing health issues.

"It's shocking, crushing news", Petty's friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan said. I remember seeing them, I remember thinking they were a really good bar band, but I never gave them too much thought. "He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

Petty was born and raised in Gainesville, Fla.; as he told Terry Gross on WHYY's Fresh Air in 2006, he was from what he called the "redneck, hillbilly" part of town. With influences like Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Byrds, Petty began to practice guitar. Petty had plans to retire after this, his final tour with the Heartbreakers.

The band's third album "Damn the Torpedoes" in 1979 featured hits like "Refugee" and "Don't Do Me Like That". He sank into heroin addiction in the '90s, though we only know the details of that from a more recent biography by Warren Zanes.

As his music career continued, Petty branched out into acting and voice acting. "I can do my version of it, and this has our stamp on it", Petty said at the time.

"There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart".

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