Rock Legends Pay Tribute To Tom Petty After His Passing

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The rock and roll world lost a legend on Monday night in Tom Petty and many of his fellow musicians are paying tribute after hearing the news of the rocker’s passing.

The music world was sent into shock when reports of Petty’s untimely passing spread around the news yesterday. Although initial reports of his death turned out to be premature, the legendary singer, song-writer and guitarist eventually passed while surrounded by family and friends in the hospital Monday night.

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While many musicians reacted to early reports of his passing, some of his fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees held off until the “Free Fallin'” singer took his last breath.

“I’m shocked and saddened by the news of Tom’s passing, he’s such a huge part of our musical history, there’ll never be another like him,” Eric Clapton said in a statement.

“So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music,” Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger wrote on Twitter. “Thoughts are with his family.”

“God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom,” Ringo Starr of The Beatles wrote.

“Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss,” Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash said in an Instagram post. “Sad sad day today. RIP.”

“Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and his bandmates,” Bruce Springsteen said in a series of tweets. “I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.”