Stars mourn the death of Tom Petty

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Tom Petty performs on September 17, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
Tom Petty performs on September 17, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)

The news of the death of Tom Petty has saddened many, particularly in Hollywood. Although conflicting reports of the singer’s condition emerged early Monday, Petty’s family later confirmed that he has passed away.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” longtime manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Musicians, actors, and celebrities far and wide have taken to social media to express grief and offer their condolences.


Stars also posted tributes on Instagram:

Tom Petty. One of the high priests of the Sonic Church of California. He wasn’t born there, but he planted so many songs there, it’s where his music takes place in my mind. Musically speaking, California is a repository for dreams. Every great song and artist associated with it adds a patch to that sun-faded tapestry. The songs spark these visions, some of them memories, and some of them just seen for the first time in the music and revisited throughout the years. Petty was a major architect of the spirit that makes musicians want to flock to California and write their songs and live the life that both authors them and is authored by them. Growing up a kid in suburban Connecticut in the late ‘80s, Tom Petty’s music was the only thing like it, both on the radio and on MTV. He made me believe in two things: that songwriting was everything, and that California must have felt like his music sounded. It did. And it always will. Musicians leave behind much more than records. They leave with us a shared dream space. A place we can continue to visit, even if after its creator is gone. Tom Petty’s California is my favorite California. It’s the one he painted both photo-real and abstract. It’s the one, like his music always portrayed, that straddles the dichotomy between proletariat and paradise; somewhere between the power lines and the palm trees, between Reseda and Malibu, between restlessness and ecstatic love. A legend reaches the other side. Rest In Peace

A post shared by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on Oct 2, 2017 at 11:29pm PDT

I never met you but you participated in raising me through your music ❤️ rest easy

A post shared by Riley Keough (@rileykeough) on Oct 3, 2017 at 3:32am PDT

“Time to move on. Time to get goin’ what lies ahead I have no way of knowin” – Tom Petty

A post shared by Krysten Ritter (@therealkrystenritter) on Oct 2, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT


Really glad I got to see Tom petty on his last tour. His music truly meant a lot to me and still does.

A post shared by Hank Azaria (@hankazaria) on Oct 3, 2017 at 9:05am PDT

R.I.P. beautiful Tom Petty

A post shared by MELANIE (@melanie_griffith57) on Oct 3, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Tom Petty R.I.P. Some people are just born cool. Such a legend. I was lucky to cross paths a few times.

A post shared by Sean Ono Lennon (@sean_ono_lennon) on Oct 3, 2017 at 7:04am PDT

RIP #tompetty

A post shared by Selma Blair (@therealselmablair) on Oct 3, 2017 at 12:54am PDT

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