Rock superstar Tom Petty dies; sold 80 million records

ARCHIVO – Tom Petty de Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers en KAABOO 2017 en San Diego, California en una fotografía de archivo del 17 de septiembre de 2017. Un vocero del Departamento de Policía de Los Angeles dijo que no tiene información sobre el estado de salud de Tom Petty y que los otros voceros de la policía no proporcionaron la información que CBS News usó para reportar que el rockero había fallecido el 2 de octubre de 2017. (Foto Amy Harris/Invision/AP, archivo)

Rock superstar Tom Petty has died at age 66.

Spokeswoman Carla Sacks says Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest.

Petty, usually backed by his longtime band the Heartbreakers, was known for such hits as "Free Fallin,'" "Refugee" and "American Girl." The Gainesville, Florida native with the shaggy blond hair and gaunt features drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other musicians he loved while growing up in the 1960s. He was also a member of the impromptu supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

Petty and the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last. Petty, whose worldwide sales topped 80 million records, was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2002.

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