It’s Tom Petty’s “Time to Move On”

Catherine Lysaught, Staff Writer

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On October 2, singer Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest in the Santa Monica Hospital in California. Petty was found in a full cardiac arrest in his Malibu home on October 1 and was rushed to the hospital to be put on life support. When the paramedics found Petty, they reported that he had a very weak pulse, but when they arrived at the hospital, he was reported to have no brain activity. It was at this time that his doctors, family, and friends ended his life support and he died.

Tom Petty did not have a history of heart disease, but cardiac arrest is typically unpredictable and can occur without warning. The American Heart Association defines a cardiac arrest as, “when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions. In a cardiac arrest, death results when the heart suddenly stops working properly. This may be caused by abnormal or irregular heart rhythms.” If someone suffers from a cardiac arrest, they can be helped if they get medical attention immediately, but because of the extended time that Petty was unconscious in his home, the results were fatal.

Petty officially died at 8:40 on October 2, but his death was prematurely reported hours before that. CBS News received information that Tom Petty had been hospitalized due to cardiac arrest, but they published that the singer had died hours before this was true. People took to social media and began mourning the loss of Petty, and when word got back to Tony Dimitriades, Petty’s manager and AnnaKim Petty, Tom Petty’s daughter the two informed the media that Tom Petty was still alive. It was not until later that evening when Petty officially died that most news stations officially picked up coverage.

Petty and his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were on tour and had just finished their show in Los Angeles on September 25th and had two more upcoming shows on November 8th and 9th. The band had not released an album since 2014 and this concert was a collection of their greatest hits. Petty had told Rolling Stones before his death that he expected this concert to be his “last big one.”

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