Tom Petty's Daughter Pays Tribute to Her 'American Icon' Dad: 'Your Songs Are Dreams Manifested'
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."
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.
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.”
Sheryl Crow called Petty’s passing the day “the music truly died.”
Mick Jagger took to Twitter to honor his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.
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.
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.”