As Tom Petty passes at age 66, his music tops Apple iTunes’ charts

More sad news in a week full of sad news: Rock legend Tom Petty has died at age 66.

The singer was rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest in his home in Malibu, California. He was later taken off life support after it was determined that he had no brain activity.

On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty.

He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived.

He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. – Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, on behalf of the family

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recently completed a summer tour last Monday with three nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The tour marked the band’s 40th anniversary.

As the news of his death begins to spread, Petty’s albums began ascending to the top of Apple iTunes’ charts.

Currently on Apple iTunes’ Top 200 Albums Chart:

1. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits
4. Tom Petty – Wildflowers
6. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Anthology: Through the Years
10. Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever
19. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (Deluxe Version)
27. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The Live Anthology
33. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes
34. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Into the Great Wide Open
45. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents
55. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
60. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard Promises
64. The Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 (Remastered)
75. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
96. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Long After Dark
119. The Traveling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys Collection (Remastered)
128. Tom Petty – Highway Companion
135. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Pack Up the Plantation: Live!
153. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – She’s the One (Songs and Music from the Motion Picture)
174. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Echo

MacDailyNews Take: Farewell to an American master.



    1. Tom Petty made a lot of good music, but I most appreciate the band. The Heartbreakers were the real deal and the reason anyone knows Petty today.

      Sad part is that Petty’s early success led him to a lifestyle that has destroyed thousands of talented artists. Cocaine, heroin, opiates and cigarettes have a nasty way of shortening ones life. Amazing how many people chose to live that lifestyle.

    1. I read a recent interview where he said the tour that just finished in LA would probably be the last large scale tour. He had a granddaughter and wanted to spend time with her- that is exactly how he put it.

      We lost a great talent, she lost her Grandpa.

      1. I listened to that backstage interview last week right after he finished his 40th Anniversary Tour and was thinking back to a couple of years ago when he played Little Rock.

        No kneeling to the flag or demands to salute it, just a straight up great rock-n-roll show like God intended and the kind I remember from my youth.

        That just leave two of the Brothers Willbury’s left. How time flies…..

  1. Tom Petty “passes” what? Gas? His Geometry final? DIED. He died. Why can’t we rid ourselves of that tired Victorianism designed to avoid the truth and just used the word DIED?

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