Tom Petty’s family released a statement on Friday announcing the coroner had concluded the investigation into the musician’s cause of death, saying it was an “accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications” including “fentanyl.”
The family believes Petty’s multiple significant injuries contributed to his overuse of medications. “Unfortunately, Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip,” said the statement.
“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,” the statement continued. “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,” the family explained. Both the family and the coroner believe the death was “an unfortunate accident.”
The coroner’s office released the full autopsy report to ET Canada, confirming Petty died from multisystem organ failure and cardiac arrest due to mixed drug toxicity, including fentanyl and oxycodone. The coroner stated the manner of death was an “accident.”
Dana and Adria Petty welcome a “healthy and necessary discussion” on “the opioid crisis… and we hope in some way this report can save lives.”
“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,” the statement concluded.
Petty, 66, died on Oct. 2 at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital.