Tom Petty autopsy shows singer died from accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty autopsy shows singer died from accidental drug overdose

In a statement, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said that an autopsy later found the following drugs in his system: fentanyl, oxycodone, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, which are opioids; temazepam and alprazolam, which are sedatives; and citalopram, which is an antidepressant.

Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip. They said he performed 53 tour dates with the hip injury.

According to the report, on the day of his fatal heart attack, the singer was told his hip fracture had escalated to a full-on break - something that may have made the pain so unbearable that he eventually took too much of his medication.

Rock icon Tom Petty's death past year was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription medicine, his family said in a statement Friday.

The lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers suffered cardiac arrest in his home on October 3, and was taken via ambulance to a UCLA Medical Center, where he could not be revived and was pronounced dead.

His family believes this will spark a discussion on the opioid crisis.

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"Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications", the family said.

Tom Petty's official cause of death has been revealed.

Petty had talked about his drug problems in the past.

"Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work", Petty said in the book. The band soared to fame with the single "Breakdown", followed shortly by their first album, "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers", in 1976. He is known for a variety of hits with his band The Heartbreakers, including "Free Fallin" and "I Won't Back Down".

Petty collaborated with numerous artists over the years, including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and the Grateful Dead.

Bob Dylan, who performed with Petty in the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys along with Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne, described his death as "shocking, crushing news". It concluded September 25 with a three-night homecoming stand that sold out at the Hollywood Bowl.

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