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.Updated: Oct 03, 2017 16:53 IST
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.”
I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 2, 2017
"you belong somewhere you feel free."
You hang in there, Tom Petty. At least long enough to make it past this horrible day. You deserve a better sunset.— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) October 3, 2017
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’.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
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. pic.twitter.com/L6TrMBa6os— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) October 3, 2017
“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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First Published: Oct 03, 2017 15:34 IST