Rock legend Tom Petty died at age 66 on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest.
As reports of Petty’s placement on and removal from life support hit on Monday, the music world weighed in to express its grief and pay tribute to the late rocker.
The news of Petty’s death came just hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history occurred at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
Artists like John Mayer and Sheryl Crowe were among the first to share their remembrances of Petty.
Read the tweets below:
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
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
I can’t believe we have lost Tom Petty on this already horrible day. My love to his wife & children and the entire Heartbreaker family.
— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin’ music, hard to believe you’re gone.
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) October 2, 2017
damn we love you Tom Petty. incredible songwriter. “free fallin” is truly one of the greatest pieces of american art. so perfect & sad
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) October 2, 2017
Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) 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
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