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Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Drug Overdose, Family Reveals

Posted by on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:09 PM
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Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Drug Overdose, Family Reveals

The family hopes releasing the cause of death deepens a national conversation about the opioid crisis.


Tom Petty’s death in October was caused by an accidental drug overdose, according to a statement by his wife and daughter.

Petty was found unconscious in his home Oct. 1 while in “full cardiac arrest.” He was reportedly taken off life support the next day when he was found to have “no brain activity.”

In a Facebook message posted Friday on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan page,Petty’s widow, Dana, and daughter, Adria, explained the cause of death.

“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.

“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

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.”

 

Dana and Adria Petty said they knew before seeing the report that the singer-songwriter was prescribed various pain medications, including fentanyl patches, for a multitude of issues.

“We feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident,” they said.

The two also said they realized Petty’s death “may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis” ― something they said they welcome.

“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 two ended the post, which appears below, with a note of appreciation for Petty.

“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.”

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joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:09 PM

bummed_out

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:09 PM

simple frown

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:10 PM

sad

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:10 PM

hobo

handy0318
by Silver Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:23 PM
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I saw this earlier today... so sad.

Another victim of the opioid epidemic.

Petty was a consummate performer. I wish he had simply stopped with the grueling schedule... his true fans would certainly understand.

romalove
by Roma on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:24 PM
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All that fentanyl....

I'm beyond sad.

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:25 PM

Another story:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tom-petty-cause-of-death-autopsy-accidental-drug-overdose-organ-failure-fentanyl-oxycodone-more/

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces

Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 9:28 PM EST

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose in October last year, his wife Dana and daughter Adria announced in a Facebook post Friday.  "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," the post reads.

The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl.

His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments" including emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip.

"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," their post says. The family said the fracture upgraded to a full-on break and they believe the pain "was simply unbearable" and the cause of his "overuse of medication."

"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 post reads. 

Petty performed three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl in December to conclude his band's 40th anniversary tour. The band wrote on their website that the tour included 53 shows in 24 states.

In 2016, Petty told Rolling Stone he believed it would be the group's last tour together. "It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one," he said. "We're all on the backside of our sixties. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

Petty, who released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, also took part in the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. He told Rolling Stone he was hoping to release a deluxe version of his 1994 solo album "Wildflowers" with a bonus disc of unreleased material. He had also hoped to play a special "Wildflowers" tour.

joyfree
by Platinum Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:30 PM
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I have had a broken elbow, a broken little toe, a broken bone in my hand, and shoulder surgery, and I tell you, they ALL hurt like a motherf*cker!

Sorry for the curse reference, but I am not exaggerating one iota!

surrender

romalove
by Roma on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:33 PM
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I had a root canal that became infected deep into the gum.  My whole lower jaw swelled up with fluid.  I had to have an oral surgeon put a drain in plus take all kinds of antibiotics for the infection.  It was beyond horrible, they were considering hospitalizing me so they could give me the antibiotics by IV.

Anyway, they gave me a prescription for hydrocodone, I think there were 20 pills in there.  I HATE narcotics and refused to take them.  I still have the bottle hidden away somewhere.


Quoting joyfree:

I have had a broken elbow, a broken little toe, a broken bone in my hand, and shoulder surgery, and I tell you, they ALL hurt like a motherf*cker!

Sorry for the curse reference, but I am not exaggerating one iota!

surrender


LittleLizette
by Silver Member on Jan. 19, 2018 at 11:44 PM
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Do you hate the side effects?  I was hospitalized with wisdom teeth because of complications.  I had no pain at all.  I found out when I got home the reason I didn’t have pain is because they were giving me pain killers through the IV the whole time.  At home, the pain was unbearable.  The pills barely touched it.  

But I wonder why he had fentanyl patches for hip pain?  He’d probably be ok if he didn’t use those. 

Quoting romalove:

I had a root canal that became infected deep into the gum.  My whole lower jaw swelled up with fluid.  I had to have an oral surgeon put a drain in plus take all kinds of antibiotics for the infection.  It was beyond horrible, they were considering hospitalizing me so they could give me the antibiotics by IV.

Anyway, they gave me a prescription for hydrocodone, I think there were 20 pills in there.  I HATE narcotics and refused to take them.  I still have the bottle hidden away somewhere.


Quoting joyfree:

I have had a broken elbow, a broken little toe, a broken bone in my hand, and shoulder surgery, and I tell you, they ALL hurt like a motherf*cker!

Sorry for the curse reference, but I am not exaggerating one iota!

surrender


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