Tom Petty’s family says music legend’s death was due to accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty’s family has released details surrounding the music legend’s cause of death.

On Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers official Facebook page, they said the 66-year-old died of an accidental drug overdose, as a result of taking a variety of medications.

The family said Tom suffered from many ailments including emphysema, knee problems and, most significantly, a fractured hip.

The Facebook post goes on to say:

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.

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.

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.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

Tom Petty died in October of 2017 after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.  He, along with the band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

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