Update, Oct. 3, 2017, 12:30 a.m.: This post was updated with the family's confirmation of the singer's death. It had previously been updated to reflect that CBS News retracted its earlier confirmation of Petty’s death.
Singer and songwriter Tom Petty has died at 66 after going into cardiac arrest on Sunday night.
Petty, as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a former member of the Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist, was one of the best-selling musicians of all time.
Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate, Bob Dylan, told Rolling Stone in a statement: “It’s shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.” Many other musicians took to social media to mourn the rock legend. We’ll keep updating this post as more come in.
damn we love you Tom Petty. incredible songwriter. "free fallin" is truly one of the greatest pieces of american art. so perfect & sad— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) 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
Damn ....Tom Petty I remember standing backstage w him & he tells me 'Go Get Em at a. Presentation #rockAnointed— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 2, 2017
We miss you already Tom Petty. A true Heartbreaker 🖤— matty (@Truman_Black) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. So sad.— superchunk (@superchunk) October 2, 2017
got the chance to see tom petty on my 10th birthday, been a huge influence my whole life, rest in peace to an absolute legend.— Goody Grace (@goodygrace) October 2, 2017
Thank you @tompetty for showing us how elegant/simple songwriting can be when it's done right. Rest In Peace— Young the Giant (@youngthegiant) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. One of the greatest songwriters of our generation.Thank you for ALL the music.Prayers to your family & band members.#RIPTomPetty— Nikki Sixx (@NikkiSixx) 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
forever one of my favorite souls— christina perri (@christinaperri) October 2, 2017
forever in my heart
thank you, tom petty, for everything
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
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 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
Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) 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.”
At a Tom Petty show in Austin walking toward it, a full 3/4 of a mile to the stage every single person living was singing every word. That's the kinda powerful love you don't see everyday, but the kind we all long for when we think about our society and togetherness ❤️— Neko Case (@NekoCase) October 2, 2017
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
"I wanna write her name in the sky— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) October 3, 2017
I'm gonna free fall out into nothing
Gonna leave this world for a while" Rest in peace Tom Petty 💔
Growing up in the 1980s in MTV America, Tom Petty might as well have been the Beatles. the music seeped into everything. It was on the TV, the radio. it was culturally important, it was brilliant, it was critically acclaimed. It was the music you wanted to hear in your car. It was the music you'd hear at a baseball game. It was the music you'd hear in a post office. The tri-colored designed scheme of the Full Moon Fever Album was as iconic as the three colors on the Rastafari flag. it was everywhere. The pristine Jeff Lynne production of Full Moon Fever summed up an era in the best way. The kick and the snare were crisp as razor wire. The 12 string guitars rang out like a gorgeous wonder. Of course, Free Falling was the super smash, but Running Down A Dream… that riff, the lyric in the second verse—“the last three days the rain was unstoppable” is the first lyric I heard as a pre-teen that maybe made me understand what grown-up melancholy was. As you grow older, you want your tastes to be a little hipper. music becomes your identity, a badge of distinction. it was then that I discovered “cool” Petty. I realized why Tom Petty was hands-down the American most embraced during the English punk era. as england rejected all bloated notions of arena rock, whether native bands like Led zeppelin or their american approximations, Tom Petty, though being from Gainesville, Florida couldn't have been anymore American in his own way, was seen as a kindred spirit to Elvis Costello, Nick lowe, the Sex Pistols, . This new generation of kids were shaking off the trends of the uninspired remains of what Rock & Roll had become. i discovered the songs… breakdown. You Got Lucky, American Girl, the songs that—as I got into my twenties—resonated with a rawness that spoke to me on another level. Personally, as I got more and more into Hip Hop, R&B, Soul… I lost a little bit of touch with the kind of music, the guitar music Tom Petty represented. but six years ago, I stumbled across the Peter Bogdanovich Documentary one night. This incredible four hour documentary started to make me re-realize how much I really, really, really, really, really dug Tom Petty and how much his music was
Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of the band Traveling Wilburys.