Tom Petty, one of the nation’s enduring rock stars - he sold millions of albums and had hits that included “Refugee,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Free Fallin’” and “Into the Great Wide Open” - has passed away at age 66 after suffering cardiac arrest.

The New York Times obit notes that Petty’s songwriting “was shaped by the music he heard growing up: the ringing folk-rock guitars of the Byrds, the crunch of the Rolling Stones, the caustic insights of Bob Dylan, the melodic turns of the Beatles, the steadfast backbeat of Southern soul and the twang of country-rock … Recording with the Heartbreakers, the band he formed in the mid-1970s, and on his own, Mr. Petty wrote pithy, hardheaded songs that gave a contemporary clarity to 1960s roots. His voice was grainy and unpretty, with a Florida drawl that he proudly displayed … In his 1989 hit, “I Won’t Back Down,” he sang, “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.”