Man, this one is hard to write.

As of 8:40 p.m. PT today, legendary rocker Tom Petty (of Tom Petty and the Heartbrakers) passed away at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. According to CBS News, the 66-year-old suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious in his Malibu home on Sunday night. He was put on life support until today. The following is the official statement from Petty’s manager:

“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 at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.— Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on behalf of the family.”

You can read more about the incident here.

Rock on, Tom Petty, rock on.

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