After initial reports of his death were denied as premature, confirmation was finally given by Tom Petty‘s manager that the singer had passed away on Monday, October 2.
According to a statement by his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades, Petty “died peacefully surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends” in the UCLA Medical Center at 8.40pm on Monday (Tuesday AEST) after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home in the early hours of the morning.
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty,” Dimitriades.
Petty had just finished a long tour celebrating 40 years since his first album’s release. On the final date in Los Angeles, he had thanked the audience for “40 good years.” Prior to the tour, Petty had suggested that it might be his last.
Tributes have poured in from many friends and admirers.
Bob Dylan, Petty’s bandmate in The Traveling Wilburys said:
“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.”
Elton John posted that, “Tom Petty’s music and songs are timeless. He was a wonderful writer, musician and singer. Irreplaceable and unique.”
Mick Jagger said, “So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.”
“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,” said Peter Frampton
Steve Van Zandt posted: “Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.”