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23 Pictures From Tom Petty's Rock Star Life

The 66-year-old musician died on Monday following a 911 call from his home.

Posted on October 2, 2017, at 5:51 p.m. ET

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Tom Petty poses for a studio portrait in 1977.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform live onstage in England in 1977.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers wait backstage before performing at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles in 1977.

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Fans crowd around Tom Petty's limousine hoping to get a glimpse of the star following a 1981 concert in Chicago.

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Tom Petty relaxes backstage after a gig at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia in 1979.

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Tom Petty is interviewed on radio in Philadelphia while promoting his record Damn the Torpedoes in 1979.

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Tom Petty performs for a packed crowd in 1980.

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Musician Stevie Nicks performs onstage with Tom Petty in 1981.

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Bob Dylan and Tom Petty pose for a photo at the Farm Aid benefit concert on Sept. 22, 1985, in Champaign, Illinois.

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Petty gives an interview to a local TV station prior to a Chicago concert in 1981.

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Jerry Lee Lewis stops by Tom Petty's trailer to say hello on Jan. 17, 1984, after his concert at the Palomino in Los Angeles.

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Tom Petty sits on the bridge set from a Star Trek movie in 1989.

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Tom Petty performs alongside Robbie O'Connell, Ron Wood, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, and Bob Dylan, during the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration in 1992.

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Tom Petty shows off his MTV Video Music Award following the awards show in Los Angeles in 1994.

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Tom Petty is interviewed by Jay Leno during a taping of The Tonight Show on Aug. 5, 1996.

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From left: Sharon Stone, Tom Petty, and Carrie Fisher share a laugh backstage in Los Angeles during the Strictly Western 2-Steppin' For The Cure benefit in 1996.

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Tom Petty signs autographs after his band was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on April 28, 1999.

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Petty touches the star he and his band received on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during halftime of the Super Bowl XLII football game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants on Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Arizona.

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2006.

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Tom Petty and his wife Dana at the world premiere of the documentary film Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, in Burbank, California, on Oct. 2, 2007.

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The iconic Chicago Cubs marquee announces the concert for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on their 40th Anniversary Tour at Wrigley Field, on June 29.

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Tom Petty performs during the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 16, 2013, in Manchester, Tennessee.


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