Tom Petty Dies at Age 66 – Celebs, Rockers and the World React

The news of Tom Petty’s death had music lovers and those that make music reeling yesterday and today. Petty’s move from his Malibu home to a hospital was first reported by TMZ earlier, then as 3pm approached in the Midwest yesterday, CBS went with a story of Petty’s death from full cardiac arrest. Then around 4:30pm CST, in a shocking development, RETRACTED the story, tweeting an LAPD tweet saying they had inadvertently given some new outlets the impression he was dead. Shortly after, our sources in Los Angeles were saying that Petty was still alive, but unconscious, as the family has a Do Not Resuscitate order. Then later last night, a full statement was issued on the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Facebook page, confirming that he, indeed had held on until about 6:40 CST;

Petty had often related the story of how seeing the beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show inspired him to take up a music career.

Petty’s friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone in a statement;

“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.”