Tom Petty died in October 2017, and now his family has released the rocker’s cause of death.
His wife Dana and daughter Adria Petty shared on Facebook, “Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.”
The statement continued, “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.”
They say he was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches. The family believes he was in “unbearable pain” after a hip injury “graduated to a full-on break” and that is what caused him to “over use” his medication.
The Pettys added, “we hope in some way this report can save lives,” explaining that many people don’t “understand the potency or deadly nature of these medications.”
The statement ended 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.”