Oct 16, 2017: Tom Petty Laid to Rest at Private Service

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Two weeks to the day that Tom Petty died unexpectedly, a private service attended by family and friends was held in Pacific Palisades, CA. Petty’s daughter, AnnaKim Violette Petty, posted photos of the service on several social media accounts.

People.com reported that the ceremony, held Oct. 16, 2017, was at Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, described on its website as “a temple, a shrine, and a meditation garden offering people from around the world a quiet oasis for meditation, prayer and receiving the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.”

A photo on AnnaKim’s Instagram account showed a black-and-white picture of her father that was placed on an easel, with the caption: “The dark of the sun we will stand together💜.”

The dark of the sun we will stand together💜

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Petty’s death on Oct. 2 in Santa Monica, CA, was a result of cardiac arrest, just one week after completing a celebratory 40th anniversary tour with his band the Heartbreakers.

Lake Shrine’s grounds are closed each Monday, as they were on Oct. 16. People.com also reported that the funeral service for Petty’s Traveling Wilburys bandmate, George Harrison, was held there in 2001. Another website describes the facility as a “tranquil oasis where you can take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the beauty of the rustic surroundings… just a few blocks away from the busy Pacific Coast Highway.”

AnnaKim shared a photo with her father on her Instagram account on Oct. 15

Out laws⚡️😈

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Related: Tom Petty, a true rock and roll star

Petty’s daughter also shared a photo of Lake Shrine’s Golden Lotus Archway, which, People notes, frames the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Memorial. The Lake Shrine website notes that the facility was used as a silent film set in the early 1920s.


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This is very hard for me💜

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Five years later, on Oct. 15, 2022, the Florida Gators hosted #TomPettyDay before a crowd of 90,585 and a national TV audience watching on ESPN.

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  1. Jack
    #1 Jack 18 October, 2017, 04:41

    This like so many other passing from the music industry over the past two years really hurts. So unexpected, such a shock. A phenomenal talent with incredible staying power. So sad, it seems like the soundtrack to my life is slowly fading away, and unfortunately, it’s just the beginning. TP & The Heartbreakers played a big part in a very memorable night when I saw them in ’94 during their “Wildflowers” tour. It was one of the few times I had front row, center seats. Unforgettable!!! RIP Tom.

    ——-“It’s Good to be King”

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  2. Woody
    #2 Woody 17 October, 2022, 00:31

    These entertainers choose to do drugs, mix them like a chemist and die. Chris Cornell and Petty are 2 of my favorites. So we have Tom Petty Day? Police and Military KIA and wounded are so overlooked. Our priorities are askew.

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