Tom Petty Dead: Life in Pictures

Tom Petty Early Years

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Born on October 20, 1950, and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Tom Petty dropped out of high school To pursue music with his band Mudcrutch, which included future Tom Petty and Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell (second from left) and Benmont Tench, as well as Randall Marsh (second from right) and Tom Lydon (right).

The first Big to hit Tom Petty

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Mudcrutch eventually split, and Petty considered going it alone. But after hearing some of Tench’s new work, Campbell and Betty rejoined him, adding Ron Blair and Stan Lynch to the mix. The group’s early success actually came in England, although “Breakdown” and “American Girl” were radio hits in the 1970s. Damn the torpedoes Their lead was in 1979, with “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee” both being top 40 hits (torpedoes It peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Albums chart). after two years, tough promises She made another hit with “The Waiting”.

Tom Petty family problems

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Although enjoying his success, Betty has been hiding many demons that appeared in 2015 Petty: A Biography. The singer recalled the physical abuse at the hands of his father; He lost his mother in 1980 at the height of his fame; and heroin abuse in the 1990s. “It’s an ugly thing. Really ugly,” Tell writer Warren Zanes. “I’m afraid if I talk about it, people will think, ‘Okay, I can do that and get off.'” But you can’t. Very few people do that.”

Tom Petty in movies and TV


Petty found additional fame on screens as well, with a cameo in 1978 FMsmall part in 1987 Made in Heaven (right, with Timothy Hutton) and parts in It’s Gary Shandling’s ShowAnd the The Simpsons And the King of the hill.

Tom Petty and Hartbreakers

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Petty and the Heartbreakers spent 1986 touring with Bob Dylan (right), which, though at the time apart from his time in country-crowded folk rock, and whose clearest association with Petty’s voice, was a clear influence on Petty . The two men became friends, Unite forces in a supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which also included George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lane.

Tom Petty and Jane Benio

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Betty held the knot with Jane Benio (right) in 1974; The two were married until September of 1996 and together they had two daughters, Adria and Ankim Violet.

Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks

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In the ’80s, Betty and Stevie Nicks sang a song he wrote, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” A series of collaborations began between the two. “She’s a good friend,” Betty said to Toronto Sun After years. “I’ve known her since 1978 and she insists on having her in my life. Some of my best musical memories of her are sitting on the sofa and playing the guitar while she sings.”

Tom Petty star on the Walk of Fame

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The group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 1999. “We used to walk this street up and down looking at the stars and never dreamed of having a star,” Betty told the crowd.

Tom Petty and Dana York

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In 2001, at the age of fifty, Tie the trifle knot again, with his longtime girlfriend and admirer Dana York (here with him at the 2014 event). The two married in Las Vegas in early June, before saying “I do” in front of friends and family at their Malibu home several weeks later. Little Richard Office.

Tom Petty in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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In 2002, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I really humbly,” he said petty In his share of the band’s acceptance speech. “Music overcame me at a very young age and consumed my life. I love everything about her – all the people I’ve met, the wonderful times they had. I thank this rock ‘n’ roll musician for the freedom she gave me, and I thank the fans for such a wonderful life. And I thank God for all of that.”

Tom Petty playing the Super Bowl

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In 2008, a new generation of fans met Betty and his bandmates when the band performed during the Super Bowl XLII halftime show. The group’s roster included favorites such as “American Girl”, “I Wn’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. (Watch the full video here.)

Tom Petty family

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Betty’s daughter Adria (pictured here with her dad at the 2012 MTV VMAs) is a film director who has worked with a host of A-list celebrities. His youngest daughter Annachem Violet, Artist based in Los Angeles. He also has a stepson, Dylan, from his second marriage.

The last years of Tom Petty

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In 2017, Petty and The Heartbreakers launched their 40th Anniversary Tour. But for a group that spent years in the studio and on the road, it looked like this might be an end-to-end solution. “I think it might be the last trip across the country,” he said petty rolling rock. “It’s very likely that we’ll keep playing, but are we going to do 50 shows in one round? I don’t think so. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thinking this might be the last big show. We’re all in our late 60s. I have a granddaughter. Now I’d like to see as much as I can. I don’t want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a young child, that’s a lot of time.”

On October 2, 2017, The Rock was taken to hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at home, But he died that night. The cause of death was later discovered Accidental drug overdose. Betty was 66 years old.

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