“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. 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,” the statement read. “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”
In another post, Violette recalled childhood memories of waking up to her father’s iconic music videos, including the 1985 hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More.”
“As a child, MTV was my news. I woke up to my parents in bed me sleeping on a sheepskin rug on the floor this video was always on it was surreal to see. I love you, mad hatter,” she wrote.
She rounded out her social media tributes with some photos of Petty in his heyday, memorializing her father as “a bad ass motherfucker” and “magical human” who permanently altered the course of American music.