Musician Tom Petty divorced his wife Jane Benyo. Know about his married life with Dana York.

Updated On 02 Aug, 2018 Published On

Late Tom Petty was a music legend, renowned as an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Behind closed doors, as successful and glamorous his life may look, it was the same when we peek inside his personal life.

Petty, the father of 3 children, was married twice in his life, with his first wife Jane Benyo he divorced 22 years of marriage. Before his death in 2017, he was living with his second wife Dana York. Curious to know about his relationship, married life, and children? Scroll down.

Tom Petty's First Marriage; Wife Jane Banyo and Children

Tom Petty was married twice. His first marriage was with his childhood girlfriend, Jane BenyoPetty and Benyo met each other when they were 17 years old.

Petty married his girlfriend Jane Benyo on March 31st, 1974, before he left Florida and moved to California to pursue his music career.

After Petty left his house because of his abusive father, Petty and Benyo started to live together. 

husband and wife: Jane Benyo and Tom Petty

Husband and wife: Jane Benyo and Tom Petty

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They welcomed 2 children and both are daughters, Adria Petty, who is a film director and has worked with artists such as Beyoncé and Rihanna and Anna Kim Violette who is an artist


Tom Petty daughter from his wife Adriana Petty

Tom Petty daughter from his wife Adriana Petty

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Benyo and Petty were happily married and everything was going great with them. But, it didn't take long for something beautiful to turn into a complete disaster.

This started happening as Tom started getting famous and started touring and promoting his music and Benyo was left at home to look after their two daughters. She felt alone and lost, so to deal with isolation, she started taking help of alcohol and drugs.

Husband and wife: Tom and Jane

Husband and wife: Tom and Jane

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In a biography about Tom Petty, his daughter Adria revealed that their mom loved her dad very much but her insecurities made her a very abusive and cruel person.

Their divorce was finalized on September 9, 1996.

Tom Petty's Second Marriage with Dana York

He was all in darkness when he got addicted to heroin and fell into deep depression. He had lost all the hope to find the switch that could light his life.

Tom Petty met Dana York at a concert in Texas in the early 90’s but they didn’t reconnect until 1996.

When Dana's first marriage was over, and guess what? Dana York became that switch to give Petty's life a much-needed brightness. They felt an instant connection between each other as if they had known each other for a long time.

Dana York and Tom Petty


The couple got married on June 3, 2001, and lived happily with Dana's son, Dylan from her previous marriage.

However, the couple's relationship ended with the death of Tom Petty on October 2, 2017.

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Tom Petty's Death

Tom Petty who disclosed publicly his struggle with heroin addiction in2015, was found unconscious at his home early in the morning of October 2, 2017. At first, Petty's was alleged to be spot dead which rumored all around the world.

However, he was resuscitated and taken to the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, where he died at 8:40 pm PDT.

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