After news broke Monday evening of Tom Petty’s death, musicians and celebrities around the web mourned the southern rock legend. Petty passed away from cardiac arrest at 66, leaving behind an extensive catalogue of American classics as both a frontman for his band “The Heartbreakers” and as a solo artist. His hits include “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’,” and “I Won’t Back Down.”
On Twitter, Petty’s family released a statement through the star’s manager.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017
Condolences from all corners of the entertainment industry quickly followed.
Bruce Springsteen, whose career blossomed at the same time as Petty’s in the 1970s and 1980s:
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
I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other...— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
...it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
- Bruce Springsteen
Beatles bassist turned solo-artist, Paul McCartney:
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger:
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
Legendary British singer and songwriter Elton John:
Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow:
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
All Time Low frontman Alexander William:
Rest easy, Tom Petty. Thanks for the songs, the inspiration, and the escape.— Alexander William (@AlexAllTimeLow) October 3, 2017
Plans for what certainly will be a star-studded memorial service have not been announced.