Fender, a collaborator of Tom Petty’s, issued a statement to the Music & Sound Retailer about the sudden and unfortunate passing of the rock legend on Oct. 2 at the age of 66.

“So sad, another amazing talent gone. We are grateful for his craft and what he has left us,” said Justin Norvell, senior vice president — Fender Products. “Moments that are pure and true become timeless because honesty and quality resonate regardless of trends and cultural shifts. Tom’s iconic spirit and artistic output embodied that which is why it’s has endured for over 40 years. Fender always held Tom in the highest regard and was honored to be associated with him, and help give him tools to enable his creativity. Our team that worked directly with Tom and his camp loved being around him, and were amazed how down to earth and familial the vibe was. He will be truly missed – he was one of a kind.”

Added Andy Mooney, CEO of Fender: “The entire Fender family extends its condolences to Tom Petty’s family and friends. Tom’s music brought joy to millions. His legacy will last forever.”

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