A petition is calling for a Tom Petty statue in Gainesville


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The memory of rock legend Tom Petty will forever be preserved in his chart-topping hits, but some fans are seeking something a little more solid.

A Care2 petition seeks to erect a statue in his honor, to be erected in an undetermined part of Gainesville, where Petty grew up.

As the petition states, "His tragic death at the age of 66, following his triumphant final U.S. tour, has his fans in shock. This [statue] would be an appropriate way to celebrate and memorialize the influential, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician."

The petition currently has 4,445 supporters, and a goal of 5,000. On Tuesday morning, as the Tampa Bay Times reports, a mural celebrating Petty was painted on the famous 34th Street wall.