His manager confirmed it late Monday night, rock legend, sometime actor, and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Thomas Earl Petty, born October 20, 1950 died on October 2!, 2017. Social media got wind of his passing earlier that afternoon, but like Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” It was true he was found in his Malibu home Sunday evening and taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital in full cardiac arrest. It was then, the LAPD told CBS News that Petty had died that afternoon. But there was a glimmer of hope as the department retracted their news.
But, Petty, taken off life support, holding on for most of the day, succumbed. The family issued the following statement,
Social media, being social media, grabbed that first headline and ran with it. And as the news quickly spread, rock artists and others took to social media to describe how they felt and to pay their respects.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 3, 2017
Long time friend, and fellow Wilbury, Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone magazine, “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.”
Rings Starr wrote on Twitter, “God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom.”
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
Paul McCartney said, “Dear Tom, so sad to hear of his passing. What a lovely, intelligent and talented man he was. Love to his family.”
Friends for over 40 years, Stevie Nicks, of Fleetwood Mac has not issued a statement. But, the recording industry remembers the pair and their great collaborations. Their songs, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’ shot up the charts in the early 80s. Petty and Nicks shared a closeness that both were very open about. It wasn’t a romantic relationship, but a true friendship. Nicks often described how Tom talked her into writing again. Both shared a kinship through rehab, relationships and music.
Petty was a heavy influence on one of Nick’s biggest hits, “Edge of Seventeen.” She told NPR that the song was about Tom Petty. It’s also about the death of John Lennon. It’s about a lot of strange things all mushed into one song.” Even though she was with Fleetwood Mac, she told Rolling Stone, “Had Tom Petty called me up one day and said, ‘If you want to leave Fleetwood Mac to be in the Heartbreakers, there’s a place for you,’ I might well have done it!”
Tom Petty was 66. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dana York Epperson and two daughters from his first marriage, Adria and AnnaKim. He is also survived by his stepson, Dylan, one granddaughter and one brother.
Written by Rhonda
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