Tom Petty R.I.P.


After initial reports of his death were denied as premature, confirmation was finally given by Tom Petty‘s manager that the singer had passed away on Monday, October 2.

According to a statement by his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades, Petty “died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends” in the UCLA Medical Center at 8.40pm on Monday (Tuesday AEST) after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home in the early hours of the morning.

“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,” Dimitriades.

Petty had just finished a long tour celebrating 40 years since his first album’s release. On the final date in Los Angeles, he had thanked the audience for “40 good years.” Prior to the tour, Petty had suggested that it might be his last.

Tributes have poured in from many friends and admirers.

Bob Dylan, Petty’s bandmate in The Traveling Wilburys said:

“It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. “He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Elton John posted that, “Tom Petty’s music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique.”

Mick Jagger said, “So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.”

“I can’t believe we have lost Tom Petty on this already horrible day. My love to his wife & children and the entire Heartbreaker family,” said Peter Frampton

Steve Van Zandt posted: “Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.”

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

Subscribe to our mailing list!