Private funeral held for Tom Petty in the Pacific Palisades

By Karen Butler  |  Updated Oct. 17, 2017 at 6:26 AM
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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A private funeral was held for rock 'n' roll icon Tom Petty at a temple and meditation garden in California's Pacific Palisades Monday.

People magazine said the ceremony took place at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine.

His daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty shared photos on Instagram from the service.

"The dark of the sun we will stand together," she captioned one image, which showed a portrait of Petty on an easel above what appears to be a purple cloth-draped urn, surrounded by flowers.

"You belong somewhere you feel free," read another post, along with the image of a few blossoms tied with a pink ribbon.

The dark of the sun we will stand togetheršŸ’œ

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The Grammy Award-winner died Oct. 2 after being found unconscious and in cardiac arrest. He was transported to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he died at the age of 66 after his family decided to take him off life support. Doctors said he had no brain activity.

Petty is best known as the front man of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which formed in 1978, but he also enjoyed a successful solo career. Among his hits were "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Learning to Fly," "Free Fallin'" and "American Girl."

He wrapped up a concert tour with the Heartbreakers on Sept. 25. Petty told Rolling Stone in December 2016 that the 40th anniversary tour would likely be his last large tour.

"It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our 60s," he said. "I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

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