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  • FILE - In this June 17, 2008 file photo, Tom Petty performs with The Heartbreakers at Madison Square Garden in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 10:20 am

Musicians and celebrities pay tribute to rocker Tom Petty

 

LOS ANGELES – Reaction to the death of rock superstar Tom Petty, who died Monday after suffering cardiac arrest at this Malibu home:

 "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 in a statement.

 "Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP"  rocker Slash on Instagram.

 "RIP @tompetty you will be missed. A music legend #GoneButNeverForgotten" Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer on Twitter.

 "Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he's left us with an incredibly legacy to enjoy forever, it's such a shame he has left us way before his time."  Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot on Twitter.

 "It is so rare to find someone who commands such universal respect in the business. He was a rock n roll lifer with music in his blood. This man delivered a wealth of great songs to his fans and to the world and that is something to celebrate."  rocker Alice Cooper, on Twitter.

 "I feel Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the best American rock band, ever. He is both a peer and an inspiration to me. I am heartbroken at his passing, and my deep sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones."  REO Speedwagon's Keith Cronin on Facebook.

 "Always felt good to know Tom Petty was out there in the world making up beautiful words and music. Sad today but grateful forever."  singer Richard Marx on Twitter.

 "Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you. RIP"  rocker Ryan Adams on Twitter.

 "Tom Petty was a stud. Very few super cool dudes from the old school left. Actual talent. Rough to hear the news" actor-comedian David Spade on Twitter.

 "Tom was a true rock and roll purist, both in his music and his defiant spirit. With the Heartbreakers, his infectious riffs, rebellious personality, and inventive songwriting brought a new urgency to rock traditions and fueled a now legendary career and some of the most memorable music of the last four decades."  Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.