GAINESVILLE, Fla. _ The Florida Gators and their fans paid tribute to the late musician Tom Petty during the team's game against LSU on Saturday, singing one of Petty's hit songs 'I Won't Back Down.'
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Petty died Monday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida as he tried to make it in the music industry. Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records.