Legendary rocker Tom Petty has died at the age of 66, the New York Times and CNN report. His manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirmed the sad news on behalf of the musician鈥檚 family.

鈥淗e 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,鈥 Dimitriades said in a statement posted to Petty鈥檚 official Twitter account. 鈥淗e died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.鈥

Petty first broke onto the music scene in the mid-1970s with a bluesy guitar rock sound. He shot to stardom with his now-famous band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and their first hit, 鈥Breakdown.

The 鈥80s saw the singer pair up with one of music鈥檚 most iconic women: Fleetwood Mac鈥檚 Stevie Nicks. The two duetted on 1981鈥檚 鈥淪top Draggin鈥 My Heart Around,鈥 which Petty originally wrote with Mike Campbell for The Heartbreakers, but which Nicks released as the first single from her solo debut, Bella Donna.

Several years after that, Petty formed The Traveling Wilburys with four fellow musical legends, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and The Beatles鈥 George Harrison. They released two albums, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, with their biggest hit, 鈥淗andle With Care,鈥 debuting in December 1988.

In the late 鈥80s and early 鈥90s, the singer regained solo fame, writing music for movies such as Jennifer Aniston鈥檚 She鈥檚 the One. Singles including 鈥淔ree Fallin'鈥 and 鈥Mary Jane鈥檚 Last Dance鈥 (a hit with his then-reunited Heartbreakers), played on heavy rotation on MTV. (The latter鈥檚 music video featured Kim Basinger.)

Petty also guest-starred in a number of films and TV shows, including The Postman, where he played a post-apocalyptic version of himself, and Fox鈥檚 King of the Hill, for which he voiced Luanne鈥檚 husband Elroy 鈥淟ucky鈥 Kleinschmidt.

Of his recently finished Heartbreakers tour, Petty told Rolling Stonein December of last year, 鈥淚鈥檇 be lying if I didn鈥檛 say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We鈥檙e all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I鈥檇 like to see as much as I can. I don鈥檛 want to spend my life on the road.鈥

Our condolences to Petty鈥檚 loved ones.

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