Tom Petty’s family confirm his cause of death

The rock icon passed away back in October 2017 at the age of 66

Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose, his family have confirmed.

The rock legend sadly passed away on October 2, 2017 at the age of just 66.

His family have now confirmed that his death was caused by an accidental prescription drug overdose “as a result of taking a variety of medications”.

In a statement uploaded to Petty’s official website, his widow Dana and daughter Adria told fans that they had received the results of Petty’s autopsy from the coroner’s office – which established that Petty had emphysema, a fractured hip and knee problems that caused him pain. Despite his ailments, Petty was still committed to touring.

“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 reveals. “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.

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As a family we recognise 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.

Petty’s family added that the results of the autopsy had given them closure that the star “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.”

Read the full statement from Tom Petty’s family below.

Petty was laid to rest on October 16 during a private ceremony at a yoga retreat in California.