Losing a father is one of the most painful experiences anyone can experience.
But when your father is a rock ‘n’ roll legend, it probably feels like your grief is under a microscope. Leading up to rocker Tom Petty’s death on October 2, his daughter AnnaKim Violette gave the world a glimpse into her ordeal — and her love for her dad.
Violette, 35, has an Instagram account on which she posts regularly. In fact, she posted photos and videos from her father’s final performances a couple of weeks ago.
Petty suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, on Oct. 2 and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Over the past couple of days, Violette has been sharing photos of her father throughout the years.
Angry with the news coverage which erroneously pronounced him dead earlier in the day while he was still alive, she simply continued to share her own story with the world as she sat by his bedside in the hospital.
Violette also posted the below picture on Instagram with a line from one of Petty’s most popular songs “Free Fallin'” as the caption: “We are all a mirror of divine love.”
Another side of rocker Tom Petty
She shared a side of Tom Petty not many people saw. In addition to being a music icon, Petty also loved his role as a father and grandfather.
During those long hours of waiting at the hospital, Petty’s daughter continued to share stories about her father. In one post, she talked about a special jacket her father had made for her as a kid, which matched one he wore onstage.
“My dad had matching stage clothes made for me as a kid this jacket still fits me made by glen Palmer from granny takes a trip when I got the call to come to the hospital I grabbed this jacket and I’m still wearing it⚡”
A short time later, Violette posted a selfie of her with the jacket. You can clearly see the emotional toll of the day’s events on her face.
At one point, she posted a picture of her father with his band The Heartbreakers from their early years. She let fans know that they were also at the hospital to support Petty and his family.
“Band is here with my dad sweetest coolest people 💜🇺🇸💜we are one”
Connection with Petty’s fans
When the end arrived her her father, Violette’s post was touching and simple.
Fans posted their condolences by the thousands on social media. And Violette continued to post her thanks and truth to all who followed.
“The amount of pain you feel will one day be the amount of joy you exsperience
I want to thank the hospital for there privacy,compassion,medical care.
Thank my family for only bringing love to the room
Friends for there around the clock emotional sopport
Fans for there out pouring of love and respect for my familys space and privacy🖤”
“How beautiful are we? 👽🌹🌹👽🇺🇸”
Ultimately, she’s capturing the start of life after losing a father:
Our condolences to Violette and the rest of Tom Petty’s family and friends during this difficult time.