Tom Petty, 66, dies following cardiac arrest

Singer collapsed at home in California


American musician Tom Petty has died at the age of 66.

The rocker collapsed at his Malibu, California home on Monday following a cardiac arrest.

He was rushed to hospital, but passed away later that evening.

Tom Petty death

His manager Tony Dimitriades said: "He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time (03:40 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."

Petty was the frontman of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and enjoyed a string of hits, including American Girl, Breakdown, Free Fallin' and Learning to Fly.