[00:05.05]Americans are remembering rock musician Tom Petty.
[00:10.67]Petty died on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California.
[00:18.08]He was 66 years old.
[00:21.51]Petty's family said he was taken to a hospital early Monday, but doctors could not help him.
[00:30.01]They said he died several hours later "surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."
[00:38.35]Petty and his band finished their most recent tour just last week at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
[00:47.85]In December, Petty told Rolling Stone magazine that he thought this would be the group's last performances together.
[00:57.85]He said, "It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one."
[01:13.96]Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was a friend of Petty’s.
[01:18.31]They performed together over 20 years ago in a group called the Traveling Wilburys.
[01:32.20]In a statement to Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan said Petty’s death was “shocking, crushing news.”
[01:41.07]The rock star added “He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him."
[01:49.98]Petty was born on October 20, 1950 in Florida.
[01:56.73]The New York Times newspaper reported that he had a difficult childhood and did not do well in school.
[02:05.49]Petty said he first wanted to become a rock and roll star after meeting Elvis Presley while Presley was in Florida filming a movie called “Follow That Dream.”
[02:18.21]Petty rose to fame in the 1970s with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
[02:25.61]They were known for hits such as "American Girl," "Listen to Her Heart” and "You Got Lucky."
[02:48.36]The group became members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
[02:54.34]But alongside his success, Petty suffered from depression and turned to drugs.
[03:02.57]A 2015 biography told about his addiction to the drug heroin in the 1990s.
[03:10.21]Warren Zanes wrote the book “Petty: The Biography.”
[03:15.10]Zanes told The Washington Post that Petty “had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling.”
[03:29.17]Petty once told CNN, “Music, as far as I have seen in the world so far, is the only real magic that I know. There is something really honest and clean and pure and it touches you in your heart.”
[03:47.66]I’m Jonathan Evans.