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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Musicians and celebrities pay tribute to rocker Tom Petty

Reaction from musicians and celebrities 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.

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Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer on Twitter:

Rocker Rich Springfield simply posted:

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot on Twitter:

Rocker Jack Johnson posted:

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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.

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KISS frontman Gene Simmons posted on Instagram:

Rocker Ryan Adams on Twitter:

Sir Elton John also posted:

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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.

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Read more:

American music legend Tom Petty dies at age 66 after heart attack

Album review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

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