Hollywood, Music World Pay Tribute to Tom Petty
The Heartbreakers frontman was found in his Malibu home in full cardiac arrest.
Tom Petty has died at the age of 66 after suffering cardiac arrest.
The Heartbreakers frontman was rushed to the hospital Monday morning after he was found unconscious in his Malibu home and could not be revived, his manager confirmed in a statement.
"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," the statement read. "He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."
Musicians expressed shock and grief over the news, paying tribute to the rock legend on social media.
"I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly," John Mayer tweeted.
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley wrote, "From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer, I have loved his music."
Sheryl Crow, who shared her thoughts about Petty in a tweet, also dedicated her performance of "If It Makes You Happy" at the espnW Women + Sports summit yesterday to the late rocker. Crow, who told the audience that she and her band were "playing with really heavy hearts" in light of the Las Vegas shooting and Petty's death, added that they're "playing in Tom Petty's memory."
"We're going to play a song that I guess is in some ways inspired by his style and the way he played," Crow said of the track. "I just was a big fan."
See more tributes below.
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
I feel like today, the music truly died. Can't go see/hear music and be safe and one of the greats just passed.— 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
God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tompic.twitter.com/CktFyhBdxT— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) October 2, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
What a bad news pile-on day. Sending strength to #TomPetty and his family.— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) October 2, 2017
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
Oh man Tom Petty is gone. He was really great. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers go to his family right now. RIP— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) 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
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
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
No......not Tom Petty.— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) October 2, 2017
Today America lost one of its musical giants. Thank you Tom Petty for all the music. To me you will live forever. pic.twitter.com/L6TrMBa6os— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) October 3, 2017
Thank you Tom..... Rest In Peace— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) October 2, 2017
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
and now Tom Petty is taken from us? i'm not leaving bed today. i feel sick.— Alexander DeLeon (@bohnes) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. One of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Thank you for ALL the music.Prayers to your family & band members.#RIPTomPetty— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) October 2, 2017
Crazy day . See your heroes perform live while you have the chance your never know. Petty damn. pic.twitter.com/aVWp2vaRjQ— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 3, 2017
"Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person."— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) October 3, 2017
Tom Petty pic.twitter.com/Z94JnBBfyV
what a day. tom petty forever and gun control NOW. all there is to say— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) October 2, 2017
blasting tom on the tour bus tonight.— Lorde (@lorde) October 2, 2017
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.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
Tom Petty was a good dude who wasn't afraid to speak his mind: https://t.co/lKg4eedwvk— Tom Morello (@tmorello) 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
I saw Tom Petty live at Great Woods for the Wildflowers tour in 1995. He defined the allure & dangers of LA for a Boston kid like me. Genius— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) 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
swimming in tom petty this morning. i am so fucking thankful for this music.— matt nathanson (@mattnathanson) October 3, 2017
a human at his best.
"You can stand me up at the gates of Hell / But I won't back down.” Rest in peace, #TomPetty. Thank you for your music and inspiration.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 3, 2017
Tom Petty was awesome. R.I.P to a rock n roll legend! https://t.co/ua3A8NIGfY— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) October 3, 2017
Oh, Tom Petty was a Heartbreaker alright. I stand with your family, friends & fans in loving you & the music you... https://t.co/j5oARMxurC— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 3, 2017
#TomPetty was the Edward Hopper of American songwriters. He was a certain kind of bird that had no legs, so he could never land on this earth. He lived his whole life in the sky. And now he will spread his wings and sleep on the wind. His name is written in the stars. JM— John Mellencamp (@johnmellencamp) October 3, 2017
Hilary Lewis contributed to this report.