Bob Dylan 'shocked' by death of friend Tom Petty

Fans gather to mourn the death of Tom Petty at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, after it had been announced that the musician had died at the age of 66. © Sheri Determan Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 02 Oct 2017 Credit: Sheri Determan/

(WENN) Bob Dylan has expressed his sorrow at the "shocking" death of his friend and Traveling Wilburys bandmate Tom Petty.

Petty died aged 66 following a cardiac arrest on Monday, having been rushed to hospital in Santa Monica, California after collapsing at his home.

After hearing news of his friend's death, Dylan told Rolling Stone magazine, "It's shocking, crushing news. I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him."

Petty rose to fame as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in the 1970s, and joined Bob, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison in founding the supergroup Traveling Wilburys in 1988.

The group produced two critically acclaimed hit albums together, with their 1988 debut, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The Petty family confirmed Tom's death on Monday hours after initial premature reports of his death.

His daughter AnnaKim Violette Petty paid tribute to her father in a series of emotional posts on Instagram in which she shared photographs of her father and his lyrics.

Other stars to post tributes and condolences on social media include Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nikki Sixx and Roy Orbison, Jr., the son of Petty's Traveling Wilburys bandmate.

British rockers Coldplay also memorialized Petty on stage at a concert in Portland, Oregon.

Frontman Chris Martin led the audience in a minute's silence before the band were joined by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Ruck to play Tom's 1989 solo hit Free Fallin'. (MWN/RS/DMC)

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