Tom Petty, 66, dies following cardiac arrest

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.

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