Rock musician Tom Petty has died after being taken off life support following a full cardiac arrest, according to a statement from his longtime manager.
Petty is best known for his band Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, who created the classic hits "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "American Girl,"and "Free Fallin'" to name a few. Their thirteenth album Hypnotic Eye came out in 2014 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is one of the best-selling musicians of all time.
After hearing the news of his cardiac arrest and subsequent death, dozens of musicians took to Twitter to mourn the loss and pay tribute to the legendary musician. See tributes from Kesha, Ezra Koenig, and more below.
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
tom petty changed my life. there is a reference to him in everything i've ever written. i love his work and life.— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) 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
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017