Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose

Coroner Says Tom Petty Died From an Accidental Opioid Overdose

Coroner Says Tom Petty Died From an Accidental Opioid Overdose

The autopsy results of '80s rock legend Tom Petty - who died on October 2 a year ago - are in, and they show the singer died from an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments" including emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip, according to the Facebook post. It is classified as a schedule I drug.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that of the more than 64,000 USA overdose deaths in 2016 from all drugs, more than 20,000 were attributed to synthetic opioids, many of them related to fentanyl and its variations. Prince died of an overdose of the drug at his home in 2016.

He was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on a respirator, but was reportedly taken off life support the next day after doctors found he had no brain activity.

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

A 2015 biography of Petty revealed for the first time that he was addicted to heroin in the 1990s.

He and the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they were described by organizers as "the quintessential American individualists", capturing the voice of the American everyman. He joined fellow music legends Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison in 1988 to form The Traveling Wilburys.

He had been engaged on a 40th anniversary tour of the United States with his band the Heartbreakers at the time and had just played three dates at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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