UPDATE (10/2/17 3:26 PM PST): Tom Petty Reportedly Clinging to Life
UPDATE (10/2/17 3:21 PM PST): LAPD clarifies it cannot confirm Tom Petty’s death
We all wish Petty a speedy recovery!
It is with heavy hearts that we’re getting the news of the passing of American rocker Tom Petty. While he may not have a direct connection to the horror community, I was a huge fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and I needed to take a moment to memorialize the immensely talented singer/songwriter. The first concert I ever saw was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in San Diego as part of their Southern Accents Tour.
I became a fan of Petty after seeing his video for Don’t Come Around Here No More during MTV’s heyday. The riff on Alice in Wonderland was at once engrossing and harrowing and definitely struck a chord with the budding horror fan in me.
His video for Last Dance with Mary Jane is also beautiful and macabre.
Petty was rushed to a hospital after suffering an extreme cardiac event and being found unconscious. He spent some time on life support before passing away early this morning.
All of us here at Horror Freak News send our condolences to Petty’s fans, friends, and family; he was a unique talent with an instantly recognizable voice, an American treasure who will be immensely missed.