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His most recent album, 2014's Hypnotic Eye, was the first Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers to top the charts in the U.S.
The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled.
His biggest hit was "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", a duet with Stevie Nicks that reached No. 3 in 1981. He's very celebrated to be the one who created the megahit "Free Falling". "So you can use his music so easily, it's nearly like cheating to use Tom Petty music with visuals [.] it's just infectious and I've not been able to wean myself from that".
Petty and his longtime band, The Heartbreakers, had recently finished their 40th anniversary tour, which brought them to PPG Paints Arena in June. The band estimated to participate in 53 shows, in 24 states.
Petty also spent several years with the Traveling Wilburys, singing alongside music legends George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and Ill never forget him.
Petty was born and raised in Gainesville and it was there that he began a remarkable music career that spanned over 40 years.
The legendary musician, Tom Petty will be missed his out of box musical notes and his evergreen charm on and off stage.
On February 23, 1977, Petty played Chicago for the first time, not too far from where his final performance here would be at the Ivanhoe Theatre (3000 N Clark St.).