A packed college football stadium in Florida paid tribute to rock icon Tom Petty in the best way possible on Saturday.
Fans at the University of Florida and Louisiana State University game held at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium erupted into a rendition of the Florida native’s hit I Won’t Back Down.
“This one’s for you, @Tom Petty,” the Florida Gators tweeted alongside the goosebump-inducing clip.
The legendary rocker, who was born in Gainesville, Florida, in 1950, passed away on Monday aged 66 after he was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Sunday night.
His longtime manager Tony Dimitriades confirmed the sad news in a statement: “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.”
Petty first burst onto the music scene in the 1976 with his group, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The band scored a string of hits over several decades, including American Girl, Free Falin’, Refugee and I Won’t Back Down.
He was also a member of the supergroup collective the Traveling Wilburys in the late 1980s alongside Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
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