Tom Petty died at the age of 66 on Monday.
“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 musician’s manager 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.”
Prior to the announcement on Monday, conflicting reports about Petty’s health spread, and tributes for the rock legend began pouring in online. Mick Jagger and Peter Gabriel are among the latest musicians to honor the late Heartbreakers singer.
“So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family,” Jagger shared on Twitter.
“Very sad to say goodbye to Tom Petty, he was a kind and generous man, an excellent musician and writer and we had daughters who have grown up together since their friendship at Sarah Lawrence College,” wrote Peter Gabriel via his website.
Sir Elton John also added his condolences online. “Tom Petty’s music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician, and singer. Irreplaceable and unique,” John wrote.
Wrote Bruce Springsteen, “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.”
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