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Watch: Gators fans do Petty tribute

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Florida Gators made an amazing tribute to the late Tom Petty on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka The Swamp. Petty passed away at 66-years-old on Monday.

The Gators were hosting the LSU Tigers on Saturday. In between the third and the fourth quarter, the tribute happened.

Petty had a cardiac arrest in the morning of Oct. 2, 2017. He died that night at the UCLA Medical Center.

The music icon was born in Gainesville, Florida on Oct. 20, 1950. Early reports indicated his death quickly, but they were prematurely without a confirmation.

Tom Petty (Getty Images)

Tom Petty (Getty Images)

Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He also had more than 80 million records sold worldwide. He’s one of the best-selling music artists of all-time.

He was the co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys, and also was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He also performed with the band Mudcrutch.

Those were just some of his accolades. He has a long-list of accomplishments, including winning the MusiCares Person of the Year in Feb. 2017 for his ‘contributions to music and for his philanthropy.’

He’s also inducted, as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. He also won the Billboard Century Award, the highest honor by the organization in 2005 at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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