Hearts were already heavy following August’s tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, the deadly hurricanes and wildfires that devastated much U.S. in September and the carnage at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest festival on Sunday (Oct. 1).
And now hearts in the music community are utterly broken following the death of rock legend Tom Petty.
Petty was hospitalized on Sunday (Oct. 1) at the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. His website confirmed his death shortly before midnight on Monday (Oct. 2). He was 66.
Petty’s contributions to music are insurmountable. In the country genre, Chris Stapleton often credits Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers as one that has significantly impacted his songwriting. In 1996, Petty and the Heartbreakers backed Johnny Cash on the Rick Rubin-produced album Unchained, which won Cash a Grammy for best country album.
In February, George Strait, Don Henley and Lucinda Williams were among the artists who performed at the Recording Academy’s 2017 Musicares Person of the Year honoring Petty’s contributions to music.
Below are reactions to Petty’s death from the country music community and beyond:
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free -Tom Petty
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) October 3, 2017
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
Just when I thought today could not get any worse…
R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) October 2, 2017
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Tom Petty, a dear friend and a great musician. It was… https://t.co/ezVec4yY3l
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) October 3, 2017
we all wanted to be Tom Petty when we grew up. already needed to hear this song today. was not prepared to hear about Tom Perry's death too. https://t.co/OSjSxW6Xr1
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) October 2, 2017
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 feel like today, the music truly died. Can't go see/hear music and be safe and one of the greats just passed.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017