Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, voice actor and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury), and his early band Mudcrutch.
|Birth name||Thomas Earl Petty|
|Also known as||Charlie T. Wilbury Jr., Muddy Wilbury|
|Born||October 20, 1950|
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
|Died||October 2, 2017 (aged 66)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Genres||Rock, rock and roll, roots rock, heartland rock, blues rock, southern rock, country rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor|
|Labels||Shelter, Backstreet, MCA, Warner Bros., American, Reprise|
|Associated acts||Eric Clapton, Epics, Mudcrutch, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Twilley, Prince, Phil Seymour, Johnny Cash, the Shelters|
Petty died on October 2, 2017 after he was found in his home in Santa Monica, California suffering from cardiac arrest after accidentally overdosing on prescription pain medication and fentanyl patches at the age of 66.