Petty’s longtime manager released a statement to WHO's sister publication PEOPLE, saying, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
On Sunday night, the rocker was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night after suffering a full cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.
Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the musical legend was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on life support and his pulse returned. However, shortly after, the decision was reportedly made to remove him from life support when it was found that he was lacking brain activity.
Petty made his way onto the music scene in the 1976 with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group were responsible for a number of hits over several decades, most notably, “American Girl,” “Free Falin’,” “Refugee” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
In the late 80s, the star was apart of the supergroup collective the Traveling Wilburys, alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
Last week, Petty completed his most recent tour—which began in April—at the Hollywood Bowl. In December he admitted to Rolling Stone that the tour, which took place to honour the 40th anniversary of the Heartbreakers’ debut, would probably be “the last big one.”
“We’re all on the backside of our 60s,” he continued. “I have a granddaughter now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that’s a lot of time.”