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Vermont Musician Reflects on Tom Petty's Music Career, Life and Death

Vermont Musician Reflects on Tom Petty's Music Career, Life and Death

"We're playing in Tom Petty's memory", she said. Forgive me if this seems like an impossibly tall order. "R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your lovely music and inspiration". His songs are in the atmosphere.

The reports led to the scheduling of a memorial at Petty's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that was canceled.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers sold some 80 million records since breaking through in the 1970s.

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Officials say that Petty died after he suffered cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. "He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

"Growing up a kid in suburban CT in the late '80s, Tom Petty's music was the only thing like it, both on the radio and on MTV", he writes.

The 66-year-old was found unconscious in his home Monday night and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center.

She also revealed that Petty's Heartbreakers bandmates arrived at the hospital before his death, calling them the "sweetest, coolest people".

"He had that Bob Dylan flavor in him, but he was able to develop something really special out of it", Rich Engler said.

Ringo Starr, who was featured in the video for Petty's "I Won't Back Down" with the late Harrison, tweeted a simple, "God bless Tom Petty".

On Tuesday, he told 41 Action News that he still finds time to play his favorite Petty tracks. Being a Country musician myself, I admire what he did for the genre. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. "This just came along through Herb and Tom Petty". Petty's unique voice, rebellious spirit and warm heart made him a true rock and roll hero whose influence on the music world as a songwriter, performer and philanthropist can not be underestimated.

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