There was a lot of confusion yesterday as the Los Angeles Police Department appeared to confirm, then de-confirm, the death of Tom Petty following a massive heart attack in his Malibu Home on Sunday afternoon. But on Monday night, the Petty family confirmed that the iconic rock star had been taken off life support at 8:40 PST. He was 66 years old.
Petty casts as long a shadow as any American musician, and the tributes started coming in far and wide from his friends and collaborators.
no words. just thanks. @tompetty pic.twitter.com/224gn9GNbo
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 2, 2017
Kings of Leon co-founder
Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 2, 2017
Hamilton writer, actor
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
Bleachers frontman, fun! guitarist
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
This is unbearable. Vegas and now a great music hero has passed. You brought us so much joy, @tompetty. We will miss you. ❤️ #RIPTomPetty
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
I can't believe we have lost Tom Petty on this already horrible day. My love to his wife & children and the entire Heartbreaker family.
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) October 2, 2017
Stevie Van Zandt
E Street Band guitarist
Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) 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
Shocked & upset 2 hear about #tompetty 'we got lucky when we found u….’…RIP https://t.co/MlqRwhKEWC
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) October 2, 2017
At a Tom Petty show in Austin walking toward it, a full 3/4 of a mile to the stage every single person living was singing every word. That's the kinda powerful love you don't see everyday, but the kind we all long for when we think about our society and togetherness ❤️
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) October 2, 2017
Rolling Stones frontman
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
"I wanna write her name in the sky
I'm gonna free fall out into nothing
Gonna leave this world for a while" Rest in peace Tom Petty ?
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) October 3, 2017