Following a barrage of confusing reports yesterday afternoon (October 2), Tom Petty was confirmed dead last night at the age of 66.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017
Tributes to Petty began before the sad news was even confirmed, and now many more from the music community and beyond have offered messages of sympathy and appreciation for the late singer.
Bob Dylan issued a statement about the death of his Traveling Wilburys bandmate to Rolling Stone. It reads: "It's shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."
Petty's daughter, AnnaKim Violette, has been sharing photos and memories of her father on Instagram (as well as lashing out at Rolling Stone for reporting her father's death early). See some of her heartbreaking posts below.
One week ago today I was watching my dad play💚we showed up rushed to our seats💚I got stoned had a beer the lights went dark💚sat watching realizing I grew up on these songs💚everyone grew up on these songs💚🇺🇸this is real American Art made from the roots of real people who deeply love life💚🐛my father loves music more than anything and always put music first💚it's going to be healing to know I will never go a day without hearing his music💚I love his class honesty and how strange and funny he is💚Tom Petty is an American Icon because his heart has always put human rights first. We are one💚I love you dad your songs are dreams manifested 💌⚡️
Elsewhere, messages from other Petty admirers have been flooding social media. See a selection of those below.
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
thanks for everything, mr. petty— PUP (@puptheband) October 3, 2017
RIP Tom Petty. I'll never be able to count how many of your songs saved me in the pubs and halls of my youth. I loved them all. Cheers to U— Alan Doyle (@alanthomasdoyle) October 3, 2017
Flying to LA with Tom Petty on repeat. Even though you're gone, you're still keeping me company ❤️— ARKELLS (@arkellsmusic) October 3, 2017
Goodbye Tom Petty. Thank you for all the light you brought to this world.— Garbage (@garbage) October 3, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
This is the actual greatest guitar solo of all time... https://t.co/Z8Je0t6KLz— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) October 3, 2017
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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