Rock icon dies at 66 after suffering cardiac arrest, and stars from music, TV and film are saddened by the news.
Today is terrible and Twitter is distressing over yet another tragedy: Tom Petty has died at the age of 66.
TMZ broke the news on Monday that the iconic rock star, known for so many hits -- "Free Fallin'," "American Girl," "I Won't Back Down" (also known as Sam Smith's "Stay With Me") -- was found unresponsive after entering cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, where he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.
He died Monday at 8:40 PM PT, surrounded by friends, family and bandmates.
John Mayer, Stephen King, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, rocker Ryan Adams, rock band Silversun Pickups and The Chainsmokers have shared their condolences.
Musicians and music fans, alike, are understandably heartbroken after losing one of the greatest American songwriters of all time, especially since the world said goodbye to music icons Prince, David Bowie and George Michael just last year.
Reactions from Hollywood and beyond are pouring in on Twitter. See them below.
I'm crushed...— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) 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.
So sad to hear of the passing of Tom Petty. Such an incredible, inspiring artist. I'll treasure fond memories of our time spent together this past summer ❤ pic.twitter.com/HvSgARxzm3— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) October 2, 2017
I only met Tom Petty once. He was a very nice guy with a terrific sense of humor. RIP.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 2, 2017
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 was one of my all time heroes and an American genius. This has been a sad day for our country in so many ways. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all affected on all fronts.— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) October 2, 2017
forever one of my favorite souls— christina perri (@christinaperri) October 2, 2017
forever in my heart
thank you, tom petty, for everything
I'm devastated Tom Petty isn't here ....— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) October 2, 2017
.... But I'm grateful that he was
What the hell is going on today. Now Tom Petty :( RIP a real legend inspiration and icon to us— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) October 2, 2017
tom petty surviving today would be nice.— Katie Aselton (@duplaselton) October 2, 2017
I've loved this man my entire life. We've lost something grand. RIP Tom Petty..._b pic.twitter.com/hMKmB5qgxp— Silversun Pickups (@SSPU) October 2, 2017
Far too short a life. But damn, Tom Petty made the most of it. His music is woven into the fabric of America.— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 2, 2017
Rock in Peace, Tom.
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
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
"I'm gonna keep this world from dragging me down, I'll stand my ground." -Tom Petty#timely— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) October 2, 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
.@TomPetty... I love you so much. You are in my prayers.— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 2, 2017
Thank you for giving so much, a lifetime of inspiration and love. Your music has changed this world for the better. pic.twitter.com/jZsjIN5Xu3
RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin' music, hard to believe you're gone.— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) October 2, 2017
what just happened to Tom Petty?— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) October 2, 2017
No, c'mon. Not Tom Petty.— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) October 2, 2017
Man. Really praying for Tom Petty. One of my biggest inspirations.— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) October 2, 2017
Rest in peace Tom Petty.— John Altman (@JohnAltman4Real) October 2, 2017
Your legacy is a host of brilliant songs.
Thank you for the joy you gave to the world of rock and roll.x.
Please b ok Tom Petty— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) 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
My heart is broken. We lost another legend today. Tom Petty was a rock n Roll rebel,… https://t.co/4AdJZFv1bR— Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty, we're all lucky we got to hear your songs and soul.— Ned and the Dirt (@NedandtheDirt) October 2, 2017
Your music defined some of the greatest moments of my life. RIP Mr. Petty. What a loss. What a day. What an astoundingly shocking time. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/B07eHma2Xq— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty 😔 One of the world's most influential songwriters. Thank you for the music. Thank you for inspiring me and so many others. 🙏🏼— Hudson Moore (@HudsonMoore) October 2, 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.