Tom Petty's cause of death finally revealed – months after his shock passing aged 66

Posted on Jan 21 2018 - 4:58am by admin

Tom Petty is the frontman of his band Tom Petty And The HeartbreakersTom Petty was the frontman of his band Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers [Getty]

And months after his shocking passing, his family have released a statement revealing his cause of death – revealing they believe was because he was overusing prescription pain medication.

They released the statement in a bid to spark discussion amongst others, which could help save lives in future. 

The statement reads that he “suffered from many serious ailments…most significantly a fractured hip,” before his death on 2 October. 

Tom Petty's daughter has confirmed her father 'is not dead yet'Tom Petty died in October [Getty]

Tom Petty's daughter posted this image of him on the cover of Rolling Stone Issue 311 from 21 February, 1980.Tom Petty on the cover of Rolling Stone Issue 311 from 21 February, 1980 [Rolling Stone]

“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,” the statement read.

“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.”

The Los Angeles coroner’s office stated his death was due to “multi system organ failure” due to a “mixed toxicity” of seven different medications.

Musician Tom Petty has passed away Musician Tom Petty has passed away [Getty]

The American rocker was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

He was taken to hospital, but could not be revived and died on Monday evening.

Just a few hours before his death, Tom Petty’s daughter Annakim Violette Petty took to Instagram to blast the media in a profanity-laden outburst.

Tom Petty is reported to have been rushed to hospital Tom Petty sang the popular hit Free Fallin’ [Getty]

After premature reports of the rock star’s death began to circulate, his daughter heartbreakingly announced on Instagram that her father was — at that time — still alive, and clinging onto life.

“My dad is not dead yet,” the singer’s daughter raged in the long post, just hours before his tragic death, alongside an old image of her father on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Petty first hit the airwaves in 1976 with his group, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

He played his first UK concert in 18 years last summer at the British Summertime festival at Hyde Park with his band. Days before his passing, Petty finished his extensive 40th anniversary tour – which kicked off on April – at the Hollywood Bowl.

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