Tom Petty: Accidental Overdose Official Cause of Death

Tom Petty died from an accidental overdose

It is being reported that Tom Petty, who credits Chuck Berry for the creation of rock and roll and was a vocal advocate for black musicians died from an accidental overdose.

He was found unconscious back on October 2nd, at his home in Malibu and died later that evening.

According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office, Petty, 66 died from an accidental over dose of seven different medications, which lead to multisystem organ failure.

His death has since been attributed to a “mixed toxicity” of fentanyl, oxycodone, generic Restoril, generic Xanax, generic Celexa, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.

According to Petty’s wife and daughter, they were aware of medical problems that Petty was having, including knee problems, emphysema and a fractured hip which was why he was on so much medication to allow him to continue touring.

His death came not long after he finished up a 40th anniversary tour of the United States with his band the Heartbreakers.

Statement from the family

“We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident,” Petty’s wife, Dana and daughter, Adria, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page and the the official website of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” Dana and Adria Petty said.

They added: “As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”

Some of Petty’s biggest hits include; Refugee, Free Fallin and American Girl.

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