He was a legendary song writer and musician and now I find out that he also supported us.
Tom Petty Celebrated for Transgender Rights Statement on Final TourHe will be missed.
By Matt Medved
October 3, 2017
Never an overtly political figure, Petty did have a history of opposing conservative candidates.
Fans across the globe mourned the death of rock legend Tom Petty yesterday (Oct. 2) after the 66-year-old suffered cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.
The passing took many in the music world by surprise. Just last week, the Heartbreakers frontman was onstage wrapping up his 40th Anniversary tour with a three-show mini-residency at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. While Petty had hailed the tour as his "last big one" in now-prescient comments, few fans thought that meant more than an extended live hiatus.
Petty's final New York shows at Forest Hills Stadium were newsworthy in their own right. On July 27 -- the same day that President Donald Trump tweeted his controversial intention to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military -- Petty drew accolades for including late transgender actress Alexis Arquette in a photo medley of diverse women during his encore performance of "American Girl."