Rock icon Tom Petty has passed away at 66

Rock icon Tom Petty has passed away at 66

Rock and roll icon Tom Petty has passed away.

Popular celebrity news reporting site, TMZ, initially reported a few hours ago that legendary rocker Tom Petty was found unconscious at his home in Malibu on Sunday night, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Shortly after, they reported that he was taken off life support.

"He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time (03:40 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends," said his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades.

Musicians all over have expressed their condolences, including Bob Dylan, who performed with Petty in Traveling Wilburys

Initially, Petty's daughter lashed back at Rolling Stone for reporting on Petty's death prematurely, laid out in a profanity-laced tirade on Instagram. The Los Angeles Police Department were unable to confirm his death, setting off mass confusion on social media over Petty’s actual condition until Dimitriades' statement was officially issued. 

Tom Petty was 66 years old. His last official studio album was 2, released under the project Mudcrutch.

Watch the music video for Tom Petty's 'Free Fallin'':