Celebrities & Pop Culture

Stevie Nicks Got Choked Up While Giving A Touching Tribute To Her Late Friend Tom Petty

“Tom, I know you're standing next to me as you always have been for so many years."

The world was stunned when rock legend Tom Petty suddenly passed away in October 2017. Recently, Petty’s family revealed that the star’s untimely death was caused by an accidental drug overdose.

Petty had been suffering from knee problems, emphysema and a fractured hip prior to his death, and his family believes that the intense pain he was likely suffering caused him to take too much pain medication. Now, his longtime close friend and frequent collaborator Stevie Nicks has spoken out the devastation of losing such an important person in her life.

59th GRAMMY Awards - MusiCares Person of the Year Honoring Tom Petty - Show
Getty Images | Kevork Djansezian

On Jan. 26, Nicks’ band, Fleetwood Mac, was being honored at MusiCares Person of the Year event at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Last year, Petty was the honoree, a distinction that Nicks said was very important to him. When Nicks took the stage at this year’s event, she talked through tears about the pain of losing her dear friend.

“The loss of Tom Petty has just about broken my heart,” the Fleetwood Mac singer said.

tom petty photo
Getty Images | Alberto E. Rodriguez

Prior to his death, Petty had embarked on a 40th anniversary tour with his band, the Heartbreakers. Nicks said that he was fighting his ailments throughout his performances and probably should have canceled for the sake of his health.

“He should’ve canceled, and he should’ve just gone home and gone to the hospital. But not Tom. He was gonna go down that river. And so, God bless him, he finished his tour at the Hollywood Bowl. Three shows,” Nicks said. “And one week later he died—but he got down the river. So Tom, I know you’re standing next to me cause you always have been for so many years.”

Watch a clip of her emotional tribute below:

In the wake of the news regarding Petty’s cause of death, his daughter, AnnaKim, posted a message on Instagram that echoed Nicks’ sentiment that Petty was determined to keep touring because it’s what he loved doing.

“His recent death is tragic yet he died from doing what he loved and what will continue to keep his spirit alive,”she wrote alongside this photo of her dad in concert. “Touring with a broken hip because he would have it no other way. He loved performing.”

Thomas Earl Petty lived a million lifetimes in one. He over came much psychic pain from an abusive childhood by transforming his anger into the greatest rock n roll band ever. My dad in the past openly overcame a crippling drug problem with no shame. His recent death is tragic yet he died from doing what he loved and what will continue to keep his spirit alive. Touring with a broken hip because he would have it no other way. He loved performing. There are no hypothetical questions I love my dad and feel he is an immortal badass. The amount of pain his hip caused was beyond a normal surgery. He is at peace out of pain🖤I thank you for respecting my family’s privacy and inviting love during this shocking new chapter. My dad loved his life and left behind so much love in his music for us to share. Invite love listen to Tom Petty. He passed away with his family in a room filled with love. I feel very connected to him🖤give love to everyone you meet we are connected by love #invitelove much love to you and much love to u dad🖤⚡️🖤

A post shared by Annakim (@annakimwildflower) on

Continued condolences to Petty’s family and friends as they mourn this tragic loss of a music legend.