'He made an honest form of rock'n'roll music' - fan pays tribute to Tom Petty

'He made an honest form of rock'n'roll music' - fan pays tribute to Tom Petty

The rockstar has died at the age of 66

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A longtime fan of Tom Petty has paid tribute to the rockstar after the news of his passing.

The 66-year-old frontman of The Heartbreakers died from a cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. 

He was found in his home in Malibu, and efforts to revive him at UCLA Santa Monica hospital were unsuccessful. 

Neil Cossar, a massive fan of the rocker who runs the This Day In Music website, said it came as a shock and was somewhat confusing at first.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It was all very strange at first because it was prematurely announced from the States that he’d died, then it was retracted.

"A lot of news websites reported he was dead, it was on Wikipedia, but then they retracted it to say he’d been taken to hospital and wasn’t in a good shape before confirming he was dead. 

"Everyone seemed to like him, from his fans to people like George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac. He made a very honest form of rock n roll music.

"There was nothing ever fancy about Tom Petty and his music but he made really good records that sounded great on the radio."

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