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The news of Tom Petty’s death at the age of 66 has elicited an outpouring of grief and recollections from his peers, friends and the countless musicians he influenced over the years.
Petty’s death was confirmed Monday after reports surfaced that he suffered full cardiac arrest last night and was rushed to the hospital with no brain activity. He was pulled off life support, according to reports.
Everyone from old-school bands like the Zombies to contemporaries like Meat Loaf to relatively newer artists like Def Leppard‘s Rick Allen have taken to Twitter and other social media to express their sadness over Petty’s death.
His Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone, “it’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend – and I’ll never forget him.”
“So sad to hear of Tom’s demise,” wrote David Coverdale on Twitter. “Such a wonderful talent & super guy.” “Shocked & upset 2 hear about #tompetty,” echoed Billy Idol. “‘We got lucky when we found u….’”
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
— Slash (@Slash) October 3, 2017
— The Zombies (@TheZombiesMusic) October 2, 2017
Rest In Peace Tom Petty
— Rick Allen (@rickallenlive) October 2, 2017
So sad to hear of Tom’s demise…such a wonderful talent & super guy…RIP…:( pic.twitter.com/oVxOpLrAMl
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) October 2, 2017
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) October 2, 2017
— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) October 2, 2017
Reflecting the thoughts of many music fans today, no doubt, Meat Loaf said, “Today just gets worse. The very talented musician, writer Tom Petty has just passed away.” And Paul Stanley wrote, “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.”
Today Just gets worse . The very talented musician , writer Tom Petty has just passed away . Another great has… https://t.co/7L6gdlMD3E
— Meat Loaf (@RealMeatLoaf) October 2, 2017
Such sad news today. Our thoughts are with Tom Pettys family, friends and fans…. https://t.co/yYpoukeTKJ
— FOGHAT (@FOGHAT) 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
God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom ✌️☮️ pic.twitter.com/CktFyhBdxT
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
A superb songwriting craftsman has crossed over. I am in shock…#RIPTomPetty
— John Densmore (@JohnDensmore) October 2, 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
Petty’s most recent tour wrapped up just last week in California with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. The tour launched back in April and was being celebrated as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th-anniversary tour. Petty himself said he was thinking it may be the band’s last sweeping jaunt, but his longtime bandmates weren’t so sure Petty was ready to pull off the road.
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