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US rock star Tom Petty dies aged 66

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 03/10/2017
Petty performing at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year show held in his honour in Los Angeles in February [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Petty performing at the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year show held in his honour in Los Angeles in February [File: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]

US rock star Tom Petty, famous for classics such as "Free Fallin'," "Refugee" and "American Girl", has died aged 66.

The singer-songwriter passed away on Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, spokeswoman Carla Sacks said.

Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last.

"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," Petty told Rolling Stone last year.

"We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80m records.

The Gainesville, Florida, native with the shaggy blond hair and gaunt features was loved for his melodic hard rock, nasally vocals and down-to-earth style.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2002, praised them as "durable, resourceful, hard-working, likeable and unpretentious".

Petty's albums included "Damn the Torpedoes", ''Hard Promises" and "Full Moon Fever", although his first No. 1 did not come until 2014 and "Hypnotic Eye".

As a songwriter, he focused often on daily struggles and the will to overcome them, most memorably on "Refugee", ''Even the Losers" and "I Won't Back Down."

"It's sort of the classic theme of a lot of the work I've done," he told The Associated Press in 1989. "I think faith is very important just to get through life. I think it's really important that you believe in yourself, first of all. It's a very hard to thing to come by. But when you get it, it's invaluable."

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