The “Free Fallin’” singer was rushed to the hospital, where he was subsequently taken off life support.
Several news outlets, including HuffPost, had erroneously announced the singer’s death earlier in the day after the Los Angeles Police Department “inadvertently provided” information to the media. Those stories were retracted and the police apologized for the error.
Late Monday, the band’s manager released a statement confirming the death of the music icon:
Breaking: Tom Petty has died, family announces in a statement pic.twitter.com/Fca6emZwXc— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 3, 2017
The loss is a blow that has the music world mourning yet another tragedy.
Petty was a beloved member of the industry and gave fans hits like “I Won’t Back Down,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “Breakdown.” His career spanned over 40 years and has inspired artists for decades.
Fellow musicians and celebrities shared their memories and condolences on Twitter.
My ️ goes out to all the people affected by the horrible shooting in Las Vegas, & to family,friends & fans of Tom Petty, of which I'm one.— Carole King (@Carole_King) October 2, 2017
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
but not me baby— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) October 2, 2017
i got you to save me
oh yer so bad
best thing i ever had
in a world gone mad
yer so bad
Free falling— Alexandra Daddario (@AADaddario) October 2, 2017
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.”
Tom Petty was on my Mount Rushmore of rock heroes. The writing, the voice, the band. HeartBROKEN.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) October 2, 2017
I am so grateful for Tom Petty's music.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 2, 2017
Feels selfish to want more, but I always will. Rest in peace. https://t.co/EBOt6J38zx
This story has been updated to include confirmation Petty died and to account for earlier mistaken reports of his death.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.