World of music reacts to death of Tom Petty

Samir Hussein/Getty ImagesAfter news broke Monday that legendary singer Tom Petty had been hospitalized, the music world reacted almost immediately.

Though it was erroneously reported earlier in the afternoon that Petty had died, his longtime manager confirmed in a statement obtained by ABC News that Petty died at 8:40 p.m. PT Monday evening.

Petty was 66 years old.

Most social media posts, which began pouring in from celebrities this afternoon, have been of sadness and appreciation for the man who helped create many hits during his 40 years in music.

Here are some of the reactions:

Paul McCartney: “Sending love to Tom Petty and his family at this difficult time.

John Mayer: “I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted know what it felt like to fly. ‘you belong somewhere you feel free.’”

Travis Barker: “‘I wanna write her name in the sky
I’m gonna free fall out into nothing
Gonna leave this world for a while’ Rest in peace Tom Petty

Cameron Crowe: “no words. just thanks. @tompetty”

Jack Antonoff: “those records live forever. i’m so grateful for tom petty and what he taught all of us

Nathan Followill: “Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother.

Martina McBride: “No……not Tom Petty.

Cage the Elephant: “So saddened to hear of @tompetty passing. He’s was such sweet person to us and a once in a lifetime artist.

Young the Giant: “Thank you @tompetty for showing us how elegant/simple songwriting can be when it’s done right. Rest In Peace”

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