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Tom Petty was a true rock 'n' roll legend with the life to prove it

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Tom Petty passed away at 8:40 p.m. PST on October 2, 2017, after living a legendary rock 'n' roll life.

Petty was the frontman for the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The band released its first album in 1976, featuring the singles "Breakdown" and "American Girl." But it would be their 1979 album, "Damn the Torpedoes," that would really launch Petty's career. With singles like "Don't Do Me Like That" and "Refugee," how could it not?

Don't Do Me Like That

To see Tom Petty at his acting best, check out the music video for "Don't Come Around Here No More," off the 1985 "Southern Accents" album. It had Petty famously playing the Mad Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland."

Dont Come Around Here No More

Petty, seemingly always available for interesting side projects, would eventually join the Traveling Wilburys. It was 1998 when he hooked up with music icons George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. The supergroup would go on to release two studio albums.

In 1989, Petty released his first solo album, "Full Moon Fever." It featured the hits "I Won't Back Down," "Runnin' Down a Dream" and "Free Fallin'."

Free Fallin

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 by Jakob Dylan.

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The band had just wrapped up its 40th anniversary tour on September 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Petty is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters Adria and Annakim Violette.

Tom Petty, Rock and Roll Legend

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