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Stars from across the music world have been paying tribute to Tom Petty who died yesterday (2nd October) aged 66.

The music iconoclast was found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home in the early hours of Monday morning. He was taken to hospital where he could not be revived and passed away at 8.40pm local time (4.40am BST).

According to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ manager Tom Dimitrades, he died “surrounded by his family, his bandmates, and friends."

Testament to his towering genius, musicians and kindred spirits from across the rock world have been paying tribute to Tom. You can read a selection below.

Planet Rock will be paying tribute to Tom by playing his album ‘Full Moon Fever’, in full from 10pm tonight (Tuesday 3rd October 2017). Listen here.

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Tom’s Traveling Wilburys bandmate Bob Dylan in a statement to Rolling Stone: “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.”
Eric Clapton in a statement: "I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Tom's passing, he's such a huge part of our musical history, there'll never be another like him."

Def Leppard and Planet Rock’s Joe Elliott: “I can’t say I knew Tom, although I did meet him twice, once to get his autograph backstage after I saw him open for Nils Lofgren at Sheffield City Hall in 1978, and in a bowling alley of all places in 1983 when Def Leppard & Tom happened to be in the same town on the same night, but I’m incredibly saddened by the news of Tom Petty’s passing.

“I love that first album (that’s what he signed for me!), always have, always will, but I have to add that Full Moon Fever was played on an almost daily basis when Leppard were writing and recording the Adrenalize album.

“Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he’s left us with an incredibly legacy to enjoy forever, it’s such a shame he has left us way before his time. RIP Tom, safe travels into the Great Wide Open…”

Tom Petty © PA Images

Peter Gabriel: “Very sad to say goodbye to Tom Petty, he was a kind and generous man, an excellent musician and writer and we had daughters who have grown up together since their friendship at Sarah Lawrence College.”

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy: “We are extremely saddened by the passing of three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Tom Petty. Tom was a true rock and roll purist, both in his music and his defiant spirit. With the Heartbreakers, his infectious riffs, rebellious personality, and inventive songwriting brought a new urgency to rock traditions and fuelled a now legendary career and some of the most memorable music of the last four decades.

“In retrospect, we were so fortunate and privileged to pay tribute to Tom as the Recording Academy’s 2017 MusiCares® Person of the Year, and honour his significant creative achievements, philanthropic efforts, and passion for defending musicians’ rights. Tom will be remembered as much for his humanity as his music. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues as they look to find comfort during this difficult time.”


Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP

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