As her father laid inside a California hospital room Monday prior to his death, Tom Petty’s daughter, AnnaKim Violette, took to Instagram to showcase some glorious memories she had shared with her dad.
AnnaKim, one of Petty's two daughters with first wife, Jane Benyo, called her father “an American icon” because “his heart was always put human rights first.”
She added: “Your songs are dreams manifested.”
AnnaKim also shared other special moments like a jacket he gave her and other tender moments from their time together.
The 66-year-old "Runnin’ Down a Dream" singer was not breathing when he was discovered at his Malibu home Sunday. He had apparently suffered from cardiac arrest and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, where he was put on a respirator, according to reports.
Sources told TMZ that the musician was taken off life support Monday after it was found that he had no brain activity.
His manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirmed the news Monday night.
"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," Dimitriades said in a statement. "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 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends."
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/FGCVI5yIaa— Tom Petty (@tompetty) October 3, 2017
Many artists have taken to social media to eulogize the singer, whose career spanned four decades.
Coldplay was joined by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck at a concert in Portland, Ore., Monday night where they performed Petty’s classic “Free Fallin’” in tribute to the musician.
Following the minute of silence, Peter Buck joined the band for this wonderful rendition of Freefalling by Tom Petty.— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 3, 2017
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams took to Twitter to share an image of Petty with the caption: “You couldn’t have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.”
Safe passages to the summerlands, brother. You couldn't have left more dreams here for us. Thank you.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) October 3, 2017
Sheryl Crow called Petty’s passing the day “the music truly died.”
I feel like today, the music truly died. Can't go see/hear music and be safe and one of the greats just passed. ?— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) October 2, 2017
Mick Jagger took to Twitter to honor his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.
So sad about Tom Petty, he made some great music. Thoughts are with his family.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) October 3, 2017
Elton John wrote in a tweet of his own that Petty was “irreplaceable and unique.”
Comedian Chris Rock called Petty one of his heroes on social media and lamented that he never got to see him in concert.
Crazy day . See your heroes perform live while you have the chance your never know. Petty damn. pic.twitter.com/aVWp2vaRjQ— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 3, 2017
The NFL also acknowledged the death of the singer, who performed at Super Bowl 42 in 2007.
Bruce Springsteen wrote a lengthy social media statement in which he told of "a deep kinship with his music.”
Down here on E Street, we’re devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
I’ve always felt a deep kinship with his music. A great songwriter and performer, whenever we saw each other...— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
...it was like running into a long lost brother. Our world will be a sadder place without him.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) October 3, 2017
- Bruce Springsteen