According to Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the legendary rocker "died peacefully at 8:40 pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends" after suffering cardiac arrest.
Fans of rocker Tom Petty poured out their grief Monday on reports he had died of a heart attack - until it turned out that he hadn't.
We posted another article honoring Petty by looking at some of his unbelievable music videos.
Tom Petty was a musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Petty in 2002, praised him for "singing about the ordinary in an extraordinary way".
One of the very few projects Running Down a Dream fails to cover is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' soundtrack for the Ed Burns movie She's the One. Petty was a multi-talented performer and a dedicated advocate for music. "We were doing a run at the Roxie in L.A. And he called me in my room at 3:00 in the morning and we went out to his house". "May he rest in peace knowing how much he is loved and appreciated by all of us that are left behind." - former Eagles member Don Felder on Facebook.
Tom Petty is gone.
The songs on "Damn the Torpedoes", which would become staples of album-oriented radio - "Refugee", "Don't Do Me Like That", "Even the Losers" and "Here Comes My Girl" (which prominently features the electric 12-string) - firmly underscore the '60s musical passions of Petty and his band.
The Recording Academy, which named Petty the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, honoring his creative and philanthropic achievements, released a statement as well.
Singer Josh Groban added, "What a horrid day for our country, music fans and music itself. And so I have that kind of background, but I always kind of aspired to be something else, and I made a lot of different friends over the years that were - you know, passing through". He joined fellow legends Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne in the super group the Traveling Wilburys.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were also honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys: "I'm heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty". In 1979, the musician performed a slower, bluesy rendition of "Cry to Me", a song first recorded in 1961 by soul singer Solomon Burke.
It's a useless cliché to say that Petty's songs will live on after he's gone. "All I wanted to do was listen to this music".