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Who is Dana York?

Dana York Epperson was born in 1964, in Flushing, Michigan USA, and is best known for being the now widow of singer/songwriter Tom Petty, who was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The two were together from 2001 until his death in 2017.

Posted by Dana York Petty on Friday, April 15, 2016

The Net Worth of Dana York

How rich is Dana York? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned largely through the success of her husband Tom who has a net worth estimated at $95 million which he earned through success in the music industry, and which seems likely to pass to Dana.

The Meeting and Romance

Little is known about Dana York’s childhood or her life before she met Petty. It is known that she grew up in Flushing in Geneese County – the two initially met in 1991 during a concert of Petty, but nothing stemmed from that, as at the time he was still married to his first wife Jane Benyo. It wasn’t until five years after that they reconnected and started a romance.

However, it was rough times as Petty was still dealing with the fallout from his first marriage, while his ex-wife was dealing with mental illness, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies. According to Petty, it was a time where he was really tested and was suffering from depression, but he wasn’t ready to give up, and so started to make more music. Dana is credited for saving Petty during this dark time with all the chaos that was surrounding him. They fell in love, and according to the duo, it felt like they had known each other for a long time.

Marriage and Married Life

According to interviews, York and Tom’s relationship was moving rapidly but both of them were happy. His struggle through drug addiction and depression was not tackled alone, as Dana stayed at his side, including during his hospitalizations and his treatment for drug addiction. The couple were married in 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada, 10 years after they had met and five years after they reconnected, with an age gap of around 13 years; their marriage was relatively small, only attended by close family and friends.

They had a reception a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and their marriage was held during the first and second legs of Tom Petty and Heartbreakers tour so there wasn’t much in terms of a honeymoon. It is known that York stayed with him throughout the tours of the band. They later had another ceremony at their home in Malibu which was officiated by Little Richard. With the marriage, she became the stepmother of Petty’s two children from his first marriage – both are now artists – while York also had a son Dylan from a previous marriage.

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Tom Petty

Petty is known for recording numerous hit singles, both as a solo artist and with the band the Heartbreakers. Throughout his career, he sold over 80 million albums internationally, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time, so he along with his band the Heartbreakers were inducted to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fame in 2002. Prior to creating the Heartbreakers, he was the lead of the band Mudcrutch, and was one of the founders of the late ‘80s super group The Traveling Wilburys. Aside from his numerous musical endeavors, he also had several acting endeavors, mainly in small parts. He voiced the character Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmidt for the animated series “King of the Hill”, and appeared in the film “Postman”.

He was also known for being an advocate of artistic freedom, and a guardian of his artistic control. He was involved in a legal battle with MCA Records due to his refusal to be transferred to another record label without consent. He also sued tire company B. F. Goodrich for using a song similar to his song “Mary’s New Car” in a television commercial, with the suit later settled out of court. There was also some dispute that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song “Dani California” sounds like Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, though Petty didn’t take issue with it.

Husband’s Death

Tom was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest in October 2017 at his home. He was resuscitated and taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica where he passed away. Numerous rumors and premature reports of his death spread quickly and continued until an official confirmation by the band’s management was released. According to reports, he died from mixed drug toxicity caused by drugs for his multiple medical conditions including a hip fracture, knee difficulties, and emphysema. He apparently overdosed on medication due to the pain he was feeling.

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