The Day the Rock Star Died

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The Day the Rock Star Died: Tom Petty
Tom Petty
Season 1  |  Episode 1  |  Smooth/Arts  |  June 1, 2019

Tom Petty was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He recorded many hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8.40pm that evening by accidental death by a combination of pain killers.

Tom Petty was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He recorded many hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. He was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest, early in the morning of October 2, 2017. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8.40pm that evening by accidental death by a combination of pain killers.

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