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Howie Epstein

Rock musician

Howie Epstein, former bass player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died of what authorities suspect was a drug overdose in Santa Fe, N.M., Feb. 16. He was 47.

Musician-producer for more than 20 years also played on Bob Dylan albums in the 1980s and produced John Prine’s Grammy-winning album “The Missing Years.” He was also singer Carlene Carter’s longtime boyfriend, producing two of her albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy.

Epstein teamed up with Petty in 1982 and also worked with Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, John Hiatt, Stevie Nicks and Eric Anderson.

Milwaukee native is survived by a 15-year-old daughter and two brothers.

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