Bob Dylan has led the tributes to Tom Petty, who had died aged 66.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Dylan said: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”
Petty was found unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Sunday, where he was rushed to UCLA Medical Centre and placed on life support.
Petty’s death was subsequently confirmed by Petty’s long-term manager Tony Dimitriades: “He died peacefully at 20:40 Pacific time (03:40 GMT Tuesday) surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played a final show last Monday [September 25], performing the last of three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl to conclude their 40th anniversary tour.
Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Carole King and more have also paid tribute to Petty on social media.
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 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
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&M
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) 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
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
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
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
Tom petty – what a day –
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 2, 2017
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