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OBIT-Tom Petty

/ 97.3 The Eagle
               Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, who drew upon bands he worshipped as a boy to create new classics, has died at 66. A spokeswoman says Petty died Monday night at U-C-L-A Medical Center in Los Angeles, a day after suffering cardiac arrest at home in Malibu. Backed by his band the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80-million records. The native of Gainesville, Florida, was loved for his melodic hard rock, nasally vocals and down-to-earth style.

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