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John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Coldplay lead celebrities mourning singer Tom Petty’s death

International celebrities from the world of entertainment have been posting moving tributes to veteran American singer Tom Petty, who died of cardiac arrest on Monday. He was aged 66.

music Updated: Oct 03, 2017 16:53 IST
Samarth Goyal
Veteran American country singer Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest on Monday in Los Angeles.
Veteran American country singer Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest on Monday in Los Angeles.

The world woke up to the sad news that veteran rock & roll singer Tom Petty, who had suffered a cardiac arrest, had died at the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, on Monday night.

The mood after the news was out recalled the name of the band fronted by Petty — The Heartbreakers. It was a day of heartbreak for the music world, as the death of the 66-year-old singer closely followed the massacre by a crazed gunman at a Las Vegas music festival.

American singer John Mayer, who had covered Petty’s song Free Fallin’, wrote on Twitter: “I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.”

Free Fallin’ was one of Tom Petty’s biggest hits — several musicians covered it on their tours. The Brit rock group, Coldplay, shared a video of their rendition of the song on Twitter. Coldplay invited Peter Buck of the band REM to join them on stage for the tribute cover of Free Fallin’.

Music legend Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone magazine: “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.”

Hollywood, too, paid its respects to Tom Petty, who was known for hits such as Refugee, Don’t Come Around Here No More, and Into the Great Wide Open.

“Today America lost one of its musical giants. Thank you Tom Petty for all the music. To me you will live forever,” wrote actor Kiefer Sutherland.

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