Tom Petty Dead at 66: Our Favorite Musicians Who Left Us too Soon

Legendary rock icon Tom Petty died on Oct. 2 at the age of 66, after suffering a heart attack. Tony Dimitraides, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone.

“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 wrote. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and could not be revived. [Petty] died peacefully … surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Musicians paid tribute to their friend

Tom Petty Hollywood star

Tom Petty Hollywood star Candles and flowers are placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star of the late Tom Petty in Hollywood. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The music world was rocked by the news. “It’s shocking, crushing news,” Petty’s friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone. “I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.”

Get the tissues ready: We’re taking a trip down memory lane to imagine all of the rockstars Petty joins in whatever afterlife awaits musical legends.

Next: The skies cried purple rain when we lost this legend. 

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