However, it was announced that the musician was still "clinging to life" on Monday having suffered the cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu before the official statement in the early hours of Tuesday BST.
Former bandmates, rock "n" roll royalty, and fellow collaborators all reacted with kind words and tributes expressing shock and sadness at their friend's untimely passing. When I heard that he had died, I was heartbroken that I missed a chance to see him perform live.
The sad news of Petty's death comes only days after Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers wrapped their successful 40th-anniversary tour with shows at venues such as the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
We're playing in Tom Petty's memory.
"They decided as a group, Capricorn, that particular type music was really not fitting with what they were trying to do at that time", Grand said.
Now, many of us are left to freefall into sadness; Petty is gone at 66 after suffering from cardiac arrest.
The mood after the news was out recalled the name of the band fronted by Petty - The Heartbreakers. After that I could ask him anything and we were just two guys talking about rock and roll.
"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country", Petty told Rolling Stone past year.
The song is perfectly Petty and The Heartbreakers, in peak form.
"That's a lot of albums.a lot of music.a lot of tours.I think he touched a lot of people with his music". "To have your hero believe in you is - everybody should be so lucky to have an experience like that, and I had it". On June 3, 2001, Petty married Dana York Epperson and gained a stepson, Dylan, who was from Dana York's earlier marriage.
PETTY: You know, we used to mix records sometimes and take them right out to the auto to see how they sounded in a vehicle as opposed to the studio.