RIP: Tom Petty, 1950-2017
Photographs by Martin Benjamin, Andrzej Pilarczyk
Tom Petty suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home on Sunday night (October 1). He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. He died on Monday night at age 66.
The singer-guitarist-songwriter and bandleader of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers recorded such hits as “American Girl,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Breakdown,” “Listen to Her Heart,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Refugee” and more. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Petty was also a successful solo artist and a member of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.
Petty & the Heartbreakers played the first rock concert at the Knickerbocker Arena (now the Times Union Center) on February 3, 1990, and were a regular headliners at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center throughout the years. His last Greater Nippertown performance was as a headliner at Mountain Jam in June.
Tom Petty’s obituary by Jon Pareles at The New York Times