Tom Petty's Daughter Recalls Her Father's Last Concert In A Beautiful Tribute

"I grew up on these songs. Everyone grew up on these songs."

Earlier this week, tributes poured in on social media for rock legend Tom Petty, who passed away at age 66. Fellow musicians and fans who admired his music shared what he meant to them. Coldplay and Sheryl Crow even took time during live performances to recognize his influence.

But the most heartwarming tribute of all came from his daughter AnnaKim Violette, who posted old photos and memories to Instagram during her father's hospitalization after going into cardiac arrest, and later after his death.


AnnaKim Violette is an artist and the younger daughter of Petty and his first wife Jane Benyo. (Their older daughter is named Adria.) In one of her Instagram posts, she recounted watching her father perform what would be his final concert, last week at the Hollywood Bowl.

"Sat watching realizing I grew up on these songs," she wrote of the experience. "Everyone grew up on these songs."

She went on to call her father's music "dreams manifested" and "real American Art made from the roots of real people who deeply love life," adding that Petty "loves music more than anything."

"It's going to be healing to know I will never go a day without hearing his music," AnnaKim Violette continued. "Tom Petty is an American Icon because his heart has always put human rights first." (Petty played at Live Aid in the 1980s, helped the homeless, and supported music education.)

In a later post, AnnaKim Violette called her father a "magical human," alongside an old black-and-white photo of him.

AnnaKim Violette also posted that Petty had matching stage clothes made for her when she was a kid. "When I got the call to come to the hospital I grabbed this jacket and I'm still wearing it," she said of one of the items, a skull-embroidered blazer, which still fits her.

Since her father's death, she has continued to share old photos from his early days, as well as images of the two of them, and memories of growing up with "the greatest rock star as a dad."

In one post, AnnaKim Violette thanked hospital staff, family, friends, and fans for their support at such a difficult time. "My heart feels open and light years closer to my loved ones," she wrote. "The body dies but the loves grows forever. Invite love."

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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