October 02, 2017 04:19 PM
Singer Tom Petty granted a dying Roseville woman's wish to meet him when he was in St. Paul this summer. Watch the video above.
According to media reports, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his California home Sunday night.
A number of media reports Monday said the 66-year-old had already died, though the Los Angeles Police Department, upon whose apparent confirmation those reports were based, said later Monday afternoon it could not confirm that, and earlier information was provided inadvertently.
TMZ, which first broke the story, said the family has a do not resuscitate order and he was not expected to live through the day. But that he hadn't passed away yet.
Among Petty's many radio hits over the years were songs like "American Girl," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down," "Learning to Fly," "Into the Great Wide Open," "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and many more.
TMZ reports Petty had no brain activity when he was at the hospital and was pulled off life support.
The Gainesville, Florida, native performed in Minnesota many times over the years with his band the Heartbreakers, including in June at Xcel Energy Center on a 40th anniversary tour that just wrapped up last month.
When he was here, Petty honored the wish of a fan with terminal cancer and met her in the hospital. Laury Myhre of Roseville got her wish when a post on the Tom Petty Fan Club Facebook page went viral.
Petty dedicated the song, "Walls," to Myhre by name, saying he was playing it for Laury who was there and hadn't been feeling well.
Petty has had a long connection with Minnesota rock legend Bob Dylan. He and the Heartbreakers backed Dylan on tours in 1986 and '87.
The two were later part of the Traveling Wilbury's super-group along with former Beatle George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra.
"It's shocking, crushing news," Dylan said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."
Updated: October 02, 2017 04:19 PM
Created: October 02, 2017 03:06 PM
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