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Musician and Rock Legend Tom Petty Dead at 66

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour - Nashville, Tennessee Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sacks & Co

On this day, when many American’s were already saddened by the horrible events that took place overnight in Las Vegas we find out that one of Americas greatest musicians has passed away. Tom Petty was born Thomas Earl Petty on October 20th, 1950 in Gainsville Florida. Tom Petty is best known and came to fame as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He also later reestablished his early band Mudcrutch and was a member of the supergroup the Traveling Willburys.

Along with his duties as a frontman for his band the Heartbreakers, Petty was known for his songwriting abilities as well as his producing abilities on many other well-known artist's albums. Tom Petty had many hit singles with the Heartbreaks as well as a solo artist and with the Willburys. In addition to being one of the most popular musicians of all time and one of the best-selling musicians of all time, he is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Willburys. In addition to being one of the most popular musicians of all time and one of the best-selling musicians of all time, he is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Petty's music, voice, and influence will be sadly missed by many fans. RIP Tom!