Tom Petty revealed he was ‘freaked out’ by sudden illness after two decades of good health – in chilling interview just days before his death

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TOM Petty chillingly revealed just days before his death that doctors told him he hadn’t been ill for almost two decades until suffering laryngitis two months ago.

The iconic musician, who passed away aged 66 on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest, cancelled two concerts in August due to the condition which “freaked [him] out so bad.”

 Tom Petty had an illness which snuck up on him after two decades of good health

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Tom Petty had an illness which snuck up on him after two decades of good health

Speaking in his final interview last week, he told LA Times: “I don’t think I’ve missed a show in many, many years.

“It freaked me out so bad, because it came out of nowhere. My doctor said ‘I don’t think you’ve been sick — I’m looking in my records — in over 17 years, since I’ve seen you sick with anything’.

“And I’m always like, ‘I don’t get sick.’ But, [stuff] happens.

“My doctor said, ‘Despite great evidence to the contrary, it seems you’re human.’”

 Tom said that having to pull out of his shows was a great surprise

Tom said that having to pull out of his shows was a great surprise
 Tom with his friend and collaborator, the late George Harrison

Tom with his friend and collaborator, the late George Harrison

The rocker was placed on life support after being found unconscious at his home in Malibu, California on Sunday night.

Tom, who released hits including I Won’t Back Down and Learning To Fly, later passed away in hospital.

 Tom Petty on stage with Stevie Nicks in the early 1980s

Tom Petty on stage with Stevie Nicks in the early 1980s

Just days earlier, he had eerily spoken about the future of his band Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, insisting they could not continue if a member died.

He explained: “If one of us went down, or if one of us died — God forbid — or got sick …We’re all older now… Then we’d stop. I think that would be the end of it, if someone couldn’t do it.”

 Petty continued performing regularly in his sixties

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Petty continued performing regularly in his sixties

“On the back side of your sixties, most people aren’t working. This keeps us young. I think it keeps me young.”

However, he admitted touring had started to take its toll on him and he struggled to keep up like he had when he was younger.

 Tom with his daughter AnnaKim and grandson

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Tom with his daughter AnnaKim and grandson

He said: “It is grueling to do a very, very long one.

“This was quite a long one. It’s sometimes physically hard. But then the lights go down, you hear the crowd and you’re all better. You feel like, ‘OK, let’s do it.’

 Petty on stage in 2016 when he was planning big tours for the next year

Petty on stage in 2016 when he was planning big tours for the next year

“But I take care of myself on the road. If you’re a singer, you’ve got to be responsible, it’s a physical thing, you have to be in shape. It’s athletic.

“The only happy thing about being off the road is I don’t have to worry about keeping myself ready to go the next day,” he added.

Tom Petty​’​s wife makes​ a​ frantic call to 911 after finding ​the rock star unconscious ​at home

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