Miley Cyrus honored Tom Petty's legacy on 'The Tonight Show' Thursday.
Petty died Monday after going into cardiac arrest. The singer-songwriter was 66 years old. As Cyrus said on "The Howard Stern Show" Wednesday, "It's just really hard for me, watching those people that I grew up with leaving." She sang a cover of "Wildflowers," telling Howard Stern, "The reason why I chose this song is because it's hopeful — it's hopeful rather than mourning."
Cyrus performed the song again on Jimmy Fallon's late-night show, this time backed by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. "You ready, dad?" Cyrus asked her father before singing the final refrain.
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The "Younger Now" singer isn't the only artist to pay tribute to Petty after his death. On Monday, Sheryl Crow dedicated her concert at the espnW Women + Sports Summit to the rocker, and Coldplay brought out R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck to perform one of his classics, "Free Fallin'," in Portland. The following night, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Dave Matthews got together to cover Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Refugee" in Seattle.
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The Los Angeles County coroner's office completed Petty's autopsy Tuesday, but his cause of death will require further examination. According to reports, he had not seen a doctor in six months. Foul play is not suspected, and toxicology results will not be ready for several weeks.
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