October 2, 2017. A day that many will remember for multiple reasons of hardship and sorrow. A day filled with anxiety, fear, anger, and especially sadness. Sadness for the individuals and families involved in the massive shooting that took place in Las Vegas, and equally deepened sadness for the loss of one of the greatest song writers of our time, the great Tom Petty.
The death of Tom Petty is amongst one of the most devastating moments that could happen in today’s musical world. At only 66, many thought wholeheartedly that Petty had many more great years ahead of him. His potential was endless in regards to his ability to write songs, record hit albums, and take it all out on the road to put his heart on the line to perform his classic hits on stage.
With a 40+ year career as a full blown rockstar, Tom Petty made his mark on the world with his standout band, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Many know Tom Petty for his own style of songwriting, guitar playing, and singing, but it was his band as a collective unit that really brought it home to millions of people all around the world.
The beauty of music is that while the musicians themselves pass on, the music itself will never die. With over 80 million albums sold worldwide, who could forget the countless classic hits that Tom Petty had been able to muster together with The Heartbreakers. Songs like “Refugee,” “American Girl,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” “Free Fallin’,” “Learning To Fly,” and so many more that only added to Tom Petty’s genius songwriting that forever touched our hearts.
Now that the man, myth, and legend himself is no longer with us, we all hurt equally, with a river of tears that flood our emotions, drowning our sorrows that can only be aided with the sweet harmonic joy of his music.
The news came crashing down like a great ball of fire, after a break in the headlines spawned out, claiming that Petty’s suffered cardiac arrest. After being found unconscious in his home in Malibu on Sunday evening, Petty was rushed to UCLA’s Medical Center to be treated. Many had wished and prayed that the news of his passing would not be true. It was our only sliver of hope that humanity could move forward. Yet our hearts were broken for good, after personnel within Petty’s camp confirmed his death.
During the evening hours Monday night (Oct. 2), family spokesperson Carla Sacks did confirm to the L.A. Times that the rocker had indeed died. “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,” read the statement issued by longtime Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades. “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40PM PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
No! We have lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer I have loved his music. pic.twitter.com/yhyPCfm2l6
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) October 2, 2017
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) October 2, 2017
Tom Petty. Without a doubt one of the best god dammit.
— Brendon Small (@_Brendonsmall) October 2, 2017
Ugh RIP a true legend in music https://t.co/C8hBRYUPEI
— Brian Slagel (@brianslagel) October 2, 2017
R.I.P. Tom Petty
— Richie Kotzen (@Richie_Kotzen) October 2, 2017
— Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) October 2, 2017
— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) October 2, 2017
Praying for all those affected by Vegas last night.
And now the loss of one of my great influences Tom Petty today.
— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) October 2, 2017
We're in tears of disbelief and sadness here at nwac… The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and put on life support. He has died after being removed from life support today.
RIP Tom Petty. October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017
JT “Doc” Berry \m/