In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

We bid farewell to visionaries, iconoclasts and trailblazers – including Tom Petty, Chuck Berry and Chris Cornell – in music, film, TV and beyond

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Tom Petty

The dynamic and iconoclastic frontman for his band The Heartbreakers died October 2nd in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest; he was 66.

"To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity," Taylor Swift said to Rolling Stone. "It said so much in the lyrics, the concepts, the stories, the message, the nuances ... but always brought you back to a hook that got stuck in everyone's head. He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play 'Free Fallin.' Count me as one of them."