Family Gives More Details on Tom Petty’s Death

January 19, 2018 Updated: January 19, 2018

Singer Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose, his family said, citing the Los Angeles coroner’s office.

Petty’s wife and daughter confirmed that he was taking several drugs to combat different health issues.

“Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications,” his family said.

“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip,” his wife and daughter said in a statement on Facebook.

Fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl were found in his system, NBC News reported.

His family elaborated more on his health.

“Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury,” they said. “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.”

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicking off their summer 2014 tour. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

“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.”

“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.”

The statement added a request for privacy for “the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.”


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