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Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang 'Breakdown,' 'Free Fallin'' and other hits, dies at 66

Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang 'Breakdown,' 'Free Fallin'' and other hits, dies at 66

Tom Petty was that rare classic rocker who didn’t turn into a nostalgia act. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and band leader, Petty excelled through four decades of acclaimed albums and concerts that hewed to a narrow but brilliantly realized vision of rock ’n’ roll.

Petty, 66, died Monday after being taken to UCLA Medical Center for cardiac arrest Sunday night. His death was confirmed Monday night by his family’s spokeswoman, according to the Los Angeles Times. The singer-songwriter lived in Malibu, Calif.

After debuting in 1976 with an album that included such indelible songs as...

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