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United States rocker Tom Petty reported 'clinging to life'

06 October 2017

SIEGEL: Singer-songwriter Tom Petty, who was also part of the '80s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

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Dylan called his death "shocking, crushing news" in a statement to Rolling Stone magazine on Monday.

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Singer Tom Petty passed away Monday after he was rushed to the hospital after he was found in critical condition at his home Sunday night after suffering full cardiac arrest, TMZ originally reported.

While Swift hasn't released her own rendition of "Free Fallin'", years ago, she did cover his song "American Girl", a catchy but different version from Petty's.

In a 2007 interview, Petty said that he loved music so much that it was beyond anything he knew. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are the quintessential American individualists.

"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country", Petty told Rolling Stone a year ago. "You Wreck Me" and "American Girl", a double dose of classic Petty if there ever was one. "With a little kid, that's a lot of time".

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That isn't to say, though, that his music was all the same upbeat rock that one might immediately associate with him.

Rock fans will never again hear live performances of "Don't Do Me Like That" or his song about every triumphant underdog, "Even the Losers".

He wrapped up a tour with the Heartbreakers on September 25. "I would think we'd be in the streets demanding that our children be safe in schools".

Jeff Tweedy and company offered up a faithful rendition of the cut "The Waiting", which was a hit off of Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's 1981 record Hard Promises, which became a cathartic sing-along at the Music Factory.

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Petty's Americana twang, combined with simple rock & roll music and romanticised stories of rebellious individuals nearly always existing somewhere in California struck a chord with listeners, and tracks like "The Waiting", "Listen To Her Heart", "Refugee", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", and "Learning To Fly" were immediate hits.

United States rocker Tom Petty reported 'clinging to life'