The news of the death of Tom Petty has saddened many, particularly in Hollywood. Although conflicting reports of the singer’s condition emerged early Monday, Petty’s family later confirmed that he has passed away.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” longtime manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Musicians, actors, and celebrities far and wide have taken to social media to express grief and offer their condolences.
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night.
And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) October 2, 2017
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) October 2, 2017
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
Tom Petty was on my Mount Rushmore of rock heroes. The writing, the voice, the band. HeartBROKEN.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2017
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) October 2, 2017
My goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family,friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I’m one.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 2, 2017
what a day. tom petty forever and gun control NOW. all there is to say
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) October 2, 2017
Heartbroken! We lost a rock legend. #RIPTomPetty
Sending LovE out to his family and friends.
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) October 2, 2017
I am so grateful for Tom Petty’s music.
Feels selfish to want more, but I always will. Rest in peace. https://t.co/EBOt6J38zx
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 2, 2017
What a loss for the music world. Dad, I hope you and Tom Petty are singing some Wilburys right about now. RIP. pic.twitter.com/FtIj2DDU55
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 2, 2017
— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) October 3, 2017
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) October 2, 2017
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, drift off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free
— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 3, 2017
When I was a kid, I always wanted to grow up to be the kind of girl Tom Petty would write a song about.
— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) October 3, 2017
Mad to think that only 10 or so days ago I was driving past the Hollywood bowl and it said " Tom petty and the heartbreakers " at the gate
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 3, 2017
Stars also posted tributes on Instagram:
Tom Petty's music and songs are timeless. They sound as relevant now as ever. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique. This is such a sad, sad day. Sending all my love to his loved ones. #TomPetty #RIP @tompettyofficial
A post shared by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Oct 2, 2017 at 11:52pm PDT
Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates. I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other, it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him. – Bruce Springsteen
A post shared by Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) on Oct 3, 2017 at 8:33am PDT
I am so saddened by the news of Tom Petty's death. Beside being a genius musician and songwriter, he was the sweetest of human beings. In 1989, when Let Love Rule was released, he was the first person to believe in me, and took me on my first tour as his opening act. His belief in me is a gift that I will always cherish. He also taught me about collecting vintage guitars, which became a passion of mine. In each town we toured, we would go to music shops where I would watch him buy the most beautiful pieces. He was always fun, light hearted, and humble. Rest on brother. You did your thing to the maximum.
A post shared by Lenny Kravitz (@lennykravitz) on Oct 3, 2017 at 6:51am PDT
Tom Petty. One of the high priests of the Sonic Church of California. He wasn’t born there, but he planted so many songs there, it’s where his music takes place in my mind. Musically speaking, California is a repository for dreams. Every great song and artist associated with it adds a patch to that sun-faded tapestry. The songs spark these visions, some of them memories, and some of them just seen for the first time in the music and revisited throughout the years. Petty was a major architect of the spirit that makes musicians want to flock to California and write their songs and live the life that both authors them and is authored by them. Growing up a kid in suburban Connecticut in the late ‘80s, Tom Petty’s music was the only thing like it, both on the radio and on MTV. He made me believe in two things: that songwriting was everything, and that California must have felt like his music sounded. It did. And it always will. Musicians leave behind much more than records. They leave with us a shared dream space. A place we can continue to visit, even if after its creator is gone. Tom Petty’s California is my favorite California. It’s the one he painted both photo-real and abstract. It’s the one, like his music always portrayed, that straddles the dichotomy between proletariat and paradise; somewhere between the power lines and the palm trees, between Reseda and Malibu, between restlessness and ecstatic love. A legend reaches the other side. Rest In Peace
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"I wanna glide down over Mulholland I wanna write her name in the sky I'm gonna free fall out into nothing Gonna leave this world for a while Now I'm free – free falling Yeah I'm free – free falling". -Tom Petty #tompetty #rip Thanks for leaving us the music
A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Oct 3, 2017 at 4:52am PDT
Today is heartbreaking. The largest mass shooting with an automatic weapon in American history, senseless and shocking and impossible to ignore. And yet we are all desensitized by so much gun violence, day in and day out. What will it take to rise up? Will everyone have to know a victim personally to feel the depth of this? Hearing about Tom Petty, our beautiful bard of American experience, feels oddly connected- his gift is that he depicts the America we all dreamed of, one where we could seek experience and pursue our passions without judgment or fear. Seeing Tom Petty live was one of the most unifying experiences of my life. Every kind of American was linked, singing and dancing at Jones beach. So let’s remember his words today: Hey baby, there’s something in your eyes Tryin’ to say to me That I’m gonna be alright if I believe in you It’s all I want to do Pray for him. Pray for us. Go to everytown.org to learn how you can help.
A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Oct 2, 2017 at 2:42pm PDT
I didn’t grow up with Tom Petty being played in my house. But as one of the classic rockers who embraced the MTV generation, Tom Petty became hugely influential to me and, along with the Heartbreakers, kept me connecting with rock n roll as I was becoming a musician in my salad days. I always wanted to meet him, saddened that I did not get a chance to. RIP Tom Petty. Im still running down those dreams.
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