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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018|6:55 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Tom Petty’s family states his death last year was because of an accidental drug overdose.
His spouse and daughter launched the outcomes of Petty’s autopsy via a declaration Friday on his Facebook page. Dana and Adria Petty state they got the results from the coroner’s office earlier in the day that the overdose was due to a variety of medications.
The declaration was published minutes prior to the Los Angeles coroner’s office issued its main findings, which verified that Petty had a range of medications, consisting of fentanyl and oxycodone, in his system.
Petty struggled with emphysema, a fractured hip and knee issues that caused him discomfort, the household said, but he was still devoted to exploring.
He had simply wrapped up a trip a few days prior to he passed away in October at age 66.
The family stated Petty had been recommended numerous discomfort medications for his wide range of problems, including fentanyl spots, and “we feel confident that this was, as the coroner discovered, an unfortunate accident.”
They added: “As a household we recognize this report may spark an additional discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and needed discussion and we hope in some method this report can save lives. Many individuals who overdose start with a genuine injury or simply do not comprehend the strength and fatal nature of these medications.”
Petty was a rock super star with the personality of an everyman who drew upon the Byrds, Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy in Gainesville, Florida. He produced classics that consist of “Free Fallin’,”” Refugee “and” American Lady.” He and his long time band the Heartbreakers had actually recently completed a 40th-anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last.
The shaggy-haired blonde rose to success in the 1970s and went on to offer more than 80 million records. He was loved for his melodic hard rock, nasally vocals and down-to-earth design. The Rock-and-roll Hall of Fame, which inducted Petty and the Heartbreakers in 2002, applauded them as “durable, resourceful, dedicated, pleasant and unpretentious.”