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Tom Petty passed away last night at the age of 66 after suffering full cardiac arrest. In the hours since, there’s been no shortage of tributes for the iconic rocker. From the music world to the film community, he’s been mourned from all over the world.
Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Lorde, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Carole King, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Stevie Vant Zandt, Zane Lowe, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ryan Adams, Gene Simmons, and Sheryl Crow all used Twitter and Instagram to offer their thoughts and bits of grief over Petty.
Other musicians that reacted to the tragic news: Ryan Adams, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Aaron Dessner of The National, Tegan and Sara, Kings of Leon, HAIM, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Zane Lowe, Jason Isbell, Best Coast, Jack Antonoff, Superchunk, and Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace. Meanwhile, during last night’s show in Portland, Coldplay covered Petty’s “Free Fallin'” with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.
— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
Over in Hollywood, Stephen King, Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe, Colin Hanks, Ed Helms, Josh Gad, John Cusack, Al Jean from The Simpsons, and Kiefer Sutherland took a moment to remember the music legend.
Check out a bunch of those social media tributes below. Shortly after Petty’s passing, Bob Dylan shared a lengthier statement on his longtime friend and colleague.
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
tom petty changed my life. there is a reference to him in everything i've ever written. i love his work and life.Advertisement
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) 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
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) October 2, 2017
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) October 3, 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
I am so grateful for Tom Petty's music.
Feels selfish to want more, but I always will. Rest in peace. https://t.co/EBOt6J38zxAdvertisement
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 2, 2017
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 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
Tom Petty. One of the great songwriters of our time. Prolific, honest and real. RIP pic.twitter.com/RpsZ5hkoyjAdvertisement
— Harry Nilsson (@OfficialNilsson) 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
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’m heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty. Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker. He will be missed by everyone who loves music. L&MAdvertisement
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) October 2, 2017
What a sad day.
Love to you Tom Petty.
Love to you all
— The Avalanches (@TheAvalanches) October 2, 2017
— Al Jean (@AlJean) October 2, 2017
Today America lost one of its musical giants. Thank you Tom Petty for all the music. To me you will live forever. pic.twitter.com/L6TrMBa6osAdvertisement
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) October 3, 2017
Rest In Peace Tom. pic.twitter.com/gltuVWVNVj
— Def Leppard (@DefLeppard) October 3, 2017
Thank you, Tom Petty, for all of the light you brought to the world.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) October 2, 2017
Growing up in the 1980s in MTV America, Tom Petty might as well have been the Beatles. the music… https://t.co/GQDjvTHeOyAdvertisement
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) October 3, 2017
Man, fuck today. RIP ???????????????????????? https://t.co/fJpLAGAJJA
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2017
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) October 2, 2017
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
Damn it. NO! Tom Petty got me thru this morning….Advertisement
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 2, 2017
— Veruca Salt (@verucasalt) October 2, 2017
Damn ….Tom Petty I remember standing backstage w him & he tells me 'Go Get Em at a. Presentation #rockAnointed
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) 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.Advertisement
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) October 2, 2017
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 3, 2017
Wow. Another legend departs. You belong among the wildflowers Tom. Thank you for the music.
— Aaron Dessner (@aaron_dessner) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was unique in that his music was a bridge for two generations. Connecting kids to their parents with simple, beautiful rock songsAdvertisement
— Classixx (@Classixx) October 2, 2017
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 2, 2017
I've just heard the news about Tom petty….I can't fully comprehend this news. Tom petty was everything to me. I'm devastated.
— lanzo (@babyhaim) October 2, 2017
Always reached 2 turn up the volume knob when Tom came on the radio. Thx for all those verses and choruses. #RIPTPAdvertisement
— !!! (@chkchkchk) October 2, 2017
We've lost music lovers & music makers today. We don’t know how to cope, so we continue to work, with broken hearts, in the name of music.
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) October 2, 2017
"I wanna write her name in the sky
I'm gonna free fall out into nothing
Gonna leave this world for a while" Rest in peace Tom Petty ????Advertisement
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) October 3, 2017
???? ❤️ Tom Petty ❤️????
— La Sera // Katy (@iamkatygoodman) October 2, 2017
Dear God, please don't take Tom Petty away from us. We still need him here…
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty.Advertisement
— HEALTH (@_HEALTH_) October 2, 2017
At a Tom Petty show in Austin walking toward it, a full 3/4 of a mile to the stage every single person living was singing every word. That's the kinda powerful love you don't see everyday, but the kind we all long for when we think about our society and togetherness ❤️
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) October 2, 2017
I can't think of an important moment in my life without an accompanying Tom Petty song. Every night we walk off stage to his music. So sad.
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.Advertisement
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 2, 2017
My ❤️ goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family,friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 2, 2017
Tom petty – what a day –
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 2, 2017
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) October 3, 2017
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
My first CD was 'Full Moon Fever'… my first live performances were strumming a tennis racket while singing along. Tom Petty forever.
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) October 2, 2017
tom petty. weeping at the dmv.Advertisement
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) 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
Thank you @tompetty for showing us how elegant/simple songwriting can be when it's done right. Rest In Peace
— Young the Giant (@youngthegiant) October 2, 2017
Noooo… Not Tom Petty. I can't even put into words how heartbroken I am. Praying for Adria & his family pic.twitter.com/0nW0dwe8jjAdvertisement
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) October 2, 2017
TP is dead?
IT CAN'T BE!!!!!!!!!!!
— Ben Kweller (@benkweller) October 2, 2017
Too much sad news in one day. ???? pic.twitter.com/RkqHN94Iij
— FUNK DOCS (@Chromeo) October 2, 2017
So saddened to hear of @tompetty passing. He's was such sweet person to us and a once in a lifetime artist.
— Cage The Elephant (@CageTheElephant) October 2, 2017
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty noooo 🙁 ???? sleep easy legend ✌️Advertisement
— T-PAN-G (@TogetherPangea) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was one of the greatest humans to ever live. I’m gonna miss him.
— Rogue Wave (@roguewaveband) October 2, 2017
— UMO (@UMO) October 2, 2017
— Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. So sad.
— superchunk (@superchunk) October 2, 2017
Bless Tom PettyAdvertisement
— David Bazan (@davidbazan) October 2, 2017