Tom Petty was recognized by fellow musicians and other celebrities as "part of our musical history" and a "true rock 'n' roll purist" following his death Monday night at age 66.
Here's a roundup of some of their comments. (Some were sent Monday afternoon after premature reports of Petty's death).
"It's shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him." — Bob Dylan in a statement to Rolling Stone
"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.
"Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. He had a rocking chair wisdom that brought everything back down to earth." — Olivia and Dhani Harrison, for the estate of George Harrison, on Twitter.
"Devastating news about #TomPetty A profound loss. Sad sad day today. RIP" — rocker Slash on Instagram.
"Through his work with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys he's left us with an incredible legacy to enjoy forever, it's such a shame he has left us way before his time." — Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott 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.
"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 and CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
With files from CBC News