Pop and Rock Star Deaths in 2017

Tom Petty

Band: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys 

Positions: singer/songwriter/guitarist

Died: Oct. 2

Cause of death: cardiac arrest

Ages: 66

Distinctions: Petty had 26 singles on the Top 100, including "Don't Do Me Like That" (No. 10, 1979), "Refugee" (No. 15, 1980), "Don't Come Around Here No More" (No. 13, 1985), "I Won't Back Down" (No. 12, 1987), "Free Fallin'" (No. 7, 1989), "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (No. 14, 1993) and "You Don't Know How It Feels" (No. 13, 1994). He also dueted with Stevie Nicks on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (No. 3, 1981). He released 13 albums with the Heartbreakers and another three solo albums. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Note: Petty famously sang about marijuana on "You Don't Know How It Feels":

'Let me get to the point
Let's roll another joint'

"Girl on LSD" is the B-side of "You Don't Know How It Feels."

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Steve Bloom

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