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As the country community continues to reel from the mass shooting in Vegas this weekend, the news came that legendary rocker Tom Petty had passed away.

The 66-year-old died Monday night after going into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home the previous evening. He was rushed to UCLA Medical Center but couldn’t be revived.

Though Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their music still resonated with country audiences and many of today’s biggest stars.  Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley covered Tom’s “Southern Accents” on his solo album, The Driver, duetting with Tom’s friend Stevie Nicks on the track.

“Between the Vegas shooting and now @TomPetty sad news I’m in a state of shock,” Charles tweeted. “What a sad day.”

Randy Houser covered Petty’s classic “I Won’t Back Down” at his concert Monday night in London.

Here’s how other members of the country music family reacted to Tom Petty’s passing:

Brothers Osborne: This day is a tough one. This man changed and saved our lives as kids. Crushed.

Midland‘s Mark Wystrach:  Thanks for giving me the soundtrack of my youth. Rest in peace Tom Petty. This has been a rough one. Love to all those aching hearts out there tonite, the music’s always there to help mend y’all one sing along at a time.

Randy Houser: Got the news of Tom Petty’s condition just before last nights show here in U.K. Just found out his passing was confirmed. He was such a true musical hero and his songs will live forever. This one seems even more poignant in these last couple days and decided we’d open the show with it. RIP @tompettyofficial and Have fun jamming with your Rock n Roll heroes in Rock n Roll Heaven.

Jerrod Niemann: There will never be another like him. Thanks for the coolest music out there & for sharing it with all of us. #TomPettyRIP

Jennifer Nettles:  om Petty was one of my favorites and one of our best. 

Kristian Bush: Thank you Tom Petty for making music. I wouldn’t be me without you. #RIP

Jake Owen: I’m gonna keep this world from dragging me down, I’ll stand my ground.” -Tom Petty #timely

Morgan Evans: No collection of words in a post will ever do the man or his impact on me justice. Thank you for the music Tom Petty, may you Rest In Peace.

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