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Rolling Stone #938 - December 25, 2003

Howie Epstein, the bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died on February 23rd of a suspected heroin overdose at age forty-seven. Epstein, who joined the Heartbreakers in 1982, had struggled with drugs for years. "You'd get angry," Petty wrote in Rolling Stone, "you'd get sad, you'd get indifference, you'd get passionately involved, but none of it was enough, and I don't know why."