Tom Petty was found in total cardiac arrest today and was initially on life support but he didn't make it. He was 66.
My daughter's boyfriend asked me if I were worried. After all, I turned 63 yesterday. No, not really - my drug intake was pretty minimal. He was on heroin for a decade. I know about that - my twenty-seven year old nephew's heart gave out last winter a year after he kicked heroin.
Petty had just come off a very long tour and was looking forward to spending time with his granddaughter. I feel for her.
I assume most of you know who Tom Petty is, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Look carefully at the other musicians.
He was also part of the Traveling Wilburys, the must star-studded lineup of any group I can think of.
In the early days, he reminded me sonically a bit of Roger McGuinn of the Byrds. You may hear it here, where they both share a stage - with a few other guys:
Petty also programmed a satellite music channel.
This was sudden and unexpected. He will be missed. Certainly by me.