After news of Tom Petty’s death hit the Twittersphere, country stars, who were influenced by the legendary singer, spoke out to share their condolences and disbelief.
Petty died at 8:40 p.m. PST of cardiac arrest, after he was found unconscious at his Malibu home, on Monday Oct. 2.
Petty’s family released an official statement:
“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 PM PST surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.” – Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Country stars such as Shania Twain, Reba Mcentire and Randy Houser, who were saddened by the sudden loss, took to social media to remember the musical giant.
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Got the news of Tom Petty's condition just before last nights show here in U.K. Just found out his passing was confirmed. He was such a true musical hero and his songs will live forever. This one seems even more poignant in these last couple days and decided we'd open the show with it. RIP @tompettyofficial and Have fun jamming with your Rock n Roll heroes in Rock n Roll Heaven. 🎵🎵🎵💔💔💔