Rock legend Tom Petty has sadly passed away aged just 66, CBS News has confirmed.
The Free Fallin’ singer was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious Sunday night following a cardiac arrest, TMZ reports.
Emergency services rushed to the singer’s Malibu house and took him off to Santa Monica hospital straight away where he was put on life support.
Tributes are pouring in for the legend.
Oh no. Tom Petty RIP. Too young. So insanely talented & sweet. Soundtrack of our lives. pic.twitter.com/KcdfvLoVt0
— David Grinspoon (@DrFunkySpoon) October 2, 2017
— Amy Argetsinger (@AmyArgetsinger) October 2, 2017
BREAKING: TMZ is reporting that Rock Legend Tom Petty has died of a heart attack at the age of 66.
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) October 2, 2017
Petty found fame with the Heartbreakers back in the 1970s.
He has just come off the back of a tour that ended at the Hollywood Bowl last Monday.
The tour was in celebration of 40 years with the Heartbreakers.
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Petty met guitarist Mike Campbell back in 1970, telling him ‘You’re gonna be in my band forever’ after he performed Johnny B. Goode.
The two went on to from Mudcrutch, which was later renamed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Mike Campbell told Rolling Stone earlier this year:
We grew up together and we love playing together more than playing with anybody else.
We’ve been through so much together. I don’t want to name names, but a lot of bands go out together and they just don’t like each other. They’re making a lot of money and just clocking in.
We’ve never been like that, and we have a chemistry and a telepathy between us that is really rare.
When it came to recording a new studio album, Petty said:
We’ll get around to that when we can. But I’m in no hurry to do that now.
I do have a contract where I owe my label a record every couple of years, but I always go over that and they always indulge me.
I bring them over and show them what I’m working on so they know I’m not just doing nothing. They’re understanding.