Rockers React to Tom Petty’s Death


Story by Charles Ken

Musicians are paying tribute to the great Tom Petty

Tom Petty passed away Monday evening (Oct. 2) at the age of 66, and his sudden death has left the music community grieving.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” said Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 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.”

More and more musicians have released statements or posted messages of tribute via social media about Petty, including musicians who worked with Petty and those inspired by him.

“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,” stated Peter Gabriel.

Ringo Starr of the Beatles tweeted, “God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom.”

So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music,” stated Mick Jagger. “Thoughts are with his family.”

“I’m crushed… Praying for all those affected by Vegas…And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty,” tweeted Jon Bon Jovi.

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,” said KISS’ Paul Stanley.

“It is with a shattered heart that I write this post. Tommy’s passing feels like I’ve lost a little brother,” stated former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.Growing up together in Gainesville and seeing one of my students blossom as an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter has been one of my most fulfilling experiences in this life. It was obvious very early on in his career that his talent, magnetism and charisma were a very special gift that few souls in this world are given. He has given this world so many wonderful memories and touched millions with his magic. Gone far too soon. May he rest in peace knowing how much he is loved and appreciated by all of us that are left behind.”



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