A close-up of a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers t-shirt rests on a hanger at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Veteran U.S. rocker Tom Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctly raw, nasal vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as "Refugee," "Free Fallin'" and "American Girl," has died following a heart attack.Petty, best known for his roots-infused rock music, carved a career as a solo artist as well as with his band The Heartbreakers and as part of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.Petty was born on Oct. 20, 1950 in Florida.Petty dropped out of high school when he was 17 joined Mudcrutch, a band with which he moved to Los Angeles in 1970 .The band broke up and Petty drifted from band to band before joining back up with his bandmates from Mudcrutch in 1975 . A 2015 biography of the singer, "Petty: The Biography," revealed for the first time the rocker's heroin addiction in the 1990s.
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