Transcript for Rock legend Tom Petty has died at 66
Breaking overnight the music world mourning the loss of Tom Petty he was only. 66 years old. And petty suffered a heart attack at his home in Malibu and he once said music overcame him at a very early age and then consumed him. Our Maggie really looks back at his struggles and inspiration. For more than forty years Tom Petty topped the charts with hit after hit more than a does in making top 40 morning 1950 Gainsville Florida. He says his father was both. Physically and verbally abusive. Music became his refuge by the age of seventeen music movies like. It's thirteen. The Beatles came in in those few minutes when it did sell and show. It all became clearer than this. This is what I'm gonna do this is how you do. Within 24 hours of everything. In 74 peddy moved to Los Angeles. And formed a new bands that put his name on mark he's across the country Tom Petty and the heartbreaker by 76 they released their first album. A mix of bloated rock and roll and pop pity then went solo a massive success with hits like free falling I won't back down. And running on a dream the theme and success began to ticket home. I had developed a heroin addiction but the rock icon continue to make music. Both solo and with a heartbreaker home while working on his personal life he recovered from his addiction. And along with the rest of the heart breakers and was inducted into the rock and roll hall of vein. It's much more than a job. It's something that you have. Some people who possessed with the lower have to the line preach sermons are rested their lives. And it's sort of the same way than that we were possessed. Rock or her own music and had to go out and played kicks the rest were allies now. Maggie really ABC news New York.
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