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Tom Petty Dead At 66: Twitter Reaction


After conflicting reports, it has been confirmed that rock icon Tom Petty is dead at the age of 66.

His sudden death has left the entertainment world and fans all over the world reeling.  As expected, many took to Twitter to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of Petty and his sterling career.

Gene Simmons on Twitter

Another great man gone too soon. #TomPetty you were an exceptional talent. Your legacy lives on.

Seth Meyers on Twitter

RIP Tom Petty. Even walls fall down

Ticketmaster on Twitter

Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my's pure and it's real." #RIPTomPetty - your music will live on.

billboard on Twitter

A rock legend. RIP Tom Petty.

John Mayer on Twitter

You hang in there, Tom Petty. At least long enough to make it past this horrible day. You deserve a better sunset.

TIME on Twitter

Watch Tom Petty cameo as a music camp instructor on 'The Simpsons'

Lena Dunham on Twitter

And how many of us want to find that person we first kissed to Free Fallin' & ask "you okay? Safe? Do you know I'll always love you?

Jake Fogelnest on Twitter

Goodbye, Tom Petty. From all your friends at Ridgemont High and all of us who loved you around the world.

Matt Oswalt on Twitter

Tom Petty died twice in one day because he's fucking Tom Petty

Travis Barker on Twitter

I wanna write her name in the sky I'm gonna free fall out into nothing Gonna leave this world for a while" Rest in peace Tom Petty ????

bob saget on Twitter

You belong among the wildflowers You belong in a boat out at sea Sail away, drift off the hours You belong somewhere you feel free ~Tom Petty


John Mayer on Twitter

I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly. "you belong somewhere you feel free." ????

St. Vincent on Twitter

What a day for weeping. Los Vegas. Puerto Rico. Tom Petty. Etc. etc. etc.

Neko Case on Twitter

At a Tom Petty show in Austin walking toward it, a full 3/4 of a mile to the stage every single person living was singing every word.

Sheryl Crow on Twitter

This is unbearable. Vegas and now a great music hero has passed. You brought us so much joy, @tompetty. We will miss you. ❤️ #RIPTomPetty

Stephen King on Twitter

Tom Petty gone? That's just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.

John Gruber on Twitter

I don't throw the word "hero" around lightly. Tom Petty was a hero.

Rob Lowe on Twitter

Tom Petty was on my Mount Rushmore of rock heroes. The writing, the voice, the band. HeartBROKEN.

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter

I am so grateful for Tom Petty's music. Feels selfish to want more, but I always will. Rest in peace.

Stevie Van Zandt on Twitter

Man this cannot be happening. Not Tom Petty please. Our deepest love and condolences to his family and band. A brother and true believer.

Steve Garrigan on Twitter

No not Tom Petty, im lost for words ???????? Rest in peace, the music and inspiration you have given the world will live on forever #RIPTomPetty

Ashley Greene on Twitter

One of the most iconic uses of music to film is Tom Petty's "Free Fallin" in Jerry Maguire. That's all of us. What a legend.

Sean Fennessey on Twitter

I watched Tom Petty perform at The Hollywood Bowl 10 days ago. He was inspired and tore it down. He smiled through every song.

Ed Helms on Twitter

Thank you, Tom Petty, for all of the light you brought to the world.

Nickelback on Twitter

We are heartbroken beyond words. Shattered. Tom Petty's music has been a huge part of our lives. Our thoughts are with his family & friends.

Chad Smith on Twitter

Love me some Tom Petty #RIPTOM

christo on Twitter

heartbroken by the news. tom petty gave us so much amazing music and we're lucky to have that forever.


Amy Cooper is a journalist who attempts to level with your feelings every chance she gets.