UPDATE: Oct. 2, 2017, 2:06 p.m. PDT: TMZ is now reporting Petty is still alive on a do not resuscitate order after a cardiac arrest left him unresponsive, but “is not expected to live through the day.” The Los Angeles Police Department initially confirmed Petty’s death to CBS News but then reversed course, tweeting “the LAPD has no information.”
With over 40 years in the music industry, Petty touched and inspired countless listeners with his timeless songs. The prolific guitar player, songwriter, and singer continued to play and create music, and was on tour with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the time of his death.
Celebrities and musicians touched by Petty’s lifelong work reacted to his possible death on Twitter, sending out heartfelt messages and feelings of grief on social channels.
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.
“you belong somewhere you feel free.”
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
Damn it. NO! Tom Petty got me thru this morning….
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 2, 2017
RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin’ music, hard to believe you’re gone.
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) October 2, 2017
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
R.I.P. Tom Petty 💔
— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) 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’ve just heard the news about Tom petty….I can’t fully comprehend this news. Tom petty was everything to me. I’m devastated.
— lanzo (@babyhaim) October 2, 2017
forever one of my favorite souls
forever in my heart
thank you, tom petty, for everything
— christina perri (@christinaperri) October 2, 2017
What a horrid day for our country, music fans and music itself. RIP Tom Petty. His songs are always good medicine. Love to his family.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 2, 2017
Tom petty died???!!!!! No!!!!
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) October 2, 2017
No! Not Tom Petty 🙁
— Kellin Quinn (@Kellinquinn) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.
— nathan followill (@doctorfollowill) October 2, 2017
We miss you already Tom Petty. A true Heartbreaker 🖤
— matty (@Truman_Black) October 2, 2017
Wow. And Tom Petty. No words. One of the greatest songwriters and frontmen of our time. This day blows.
— Parachute (@parachute) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty wrote all those hits for us to get through days like today.
— The Weeks (@theweeks) October 2, 2017
no no no don’t do this to me, not Tom Petty, please, not right now
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 2, 2017
Did we really just lose Tom Petty? Fucking hell. I have no words. FUCK!
— Nick Martin (@nodirectioncasa) October 2, 2017
I can’t think of an important moment in my life without an accompanying Tom Petty song. Every night we walk off stage to his music. So sad.
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) October 2, 2017
and now Tom Petty is taken from us? i’m not leaving bed today. i feel sick.
— Alexander DeLeon (@bohnes) October 2, 2017