Bob Dylan led the tributes to late musician and bandmate Tom Petty, following his sudden passing.
Petty, who performed alongside Dylan as part of the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, passed away at the age of 66 after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest in his home.
Dylan and Petty co-founded the Traveling Wilburys back in 1988, alongside fellow music legends George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne, releasing two full-length albums together.
In a statement issued to Rolling Stone, Dylan expressed his sadness.
“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.”
Fellow musician Carole King also offered her condolences on Twitter.
My ❤️ goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family,friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 2, 2017
“My heart goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family, friends and fans of Tom Petty, of which I’m one,” she said.
“Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways,” writer Stephen King said on Twitter.
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
Bryan Adams also expressed his sadness on social media, writing “RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin’ music, hard to believe you’re gone.”
RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for all the great rockin' music, hard to believe you're gone.
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) October 2, 2017
Paul McCartney, Chuck D and several other musicians and celebrities were quick to pay tribute to Petty and his work with the Heartbreakers.
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
Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) October 2, 2017
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) 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
Tom petty – what a day –
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 2, 2017
Petty formed his band, The Heartbreakers, back in 1976, releasing a self-titled debut album later that same year which featured the classic track “American Girl.”
His major breakthrough came in 1979 with the release of “Damn The Torpedoes” in 1979.
All told, Petty released 13 studio albums and featured on countless more. A much loved artist known for a string of memorable collaborations, Petty may be gone but his influence and music will live on forever.
R.I.P. Tom Petty
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