The singer is now confirmed to have died from a massive drug overdose
Tom Petty’s cause of death revealed
Tom Petty passed away last October at age 66. The unexpected demise of one of the biggest names in Rock music shocked many of his fans around the world. The results of his autopsy have just been released, and they show the singer died from an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications. The autopsy report says when paramedics arrived he was in full cardiac arrest, but CPR revived him — but on the way to the hospital he lost pulse for 20 minutes. He went into cardiac arrest a second time in the hospital and died 21 hours after being admitted. Tom’s autopsy report shows the singer was on several pain meds, including Fentanyl patches, oxycodone (Oxycontin), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax), citalopram (Celexa), acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl. The reason doctors prescribed the meds was because of a number of medical problems, including emphysema, knee problems, and a fractured hip. The family says the linchpin to Tom’s demise was the fractured hip. He insisted on touring for 53 concert dates with the condition, which worsened over time and caused him to take the meds. On the date he had the heart attack he was told his hip had graduated to a full-on break that made the pain unbearable and may have caused the overuse of meds. Fentanyl was also linked to the deaths of Prince and Lil Peep.
Watch Tom Petty performing “Free Fallin'” live in 2008
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