Rock legend Tom Petty dies following cardiac arrest

In a week that started with devastating, tragic news, also comes the news that rock legend Tom Petty has died, aged 66.

According to a statement, the singer was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital on Monday after going into cardiac arrest. He was in critical condition and placed on life support, before passing away peacefully a few hours later.

“We are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” said Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades on behalf of the family.

“He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Centre but could not be revived.

“He died peacefully at 8.40pm surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

In late August, Tom Petty was forced to cancel a number of shows – part of his 40th anniversary tour – for health reasons.

“With deepest regrets, we have just been informed that Tom Petty’s laryngitis has not improved sufficiently enough in order to perform tonight,” his management said at the time.

He recovered well enough to continue his shows in California throughout September. He played his final show with Juliette Lewis on Monday 25 September at the Hollywood Bowl.

RIP Tom Petty.