Hollywood, Music World Pay Tribute to Tom Petty

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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.

 

Hilary Lewis contributed to this report.

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