The Los Angeles County medical examiner announced on Friday that Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose from mixing medications, including opioids. According to The New York Times, traces of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl were found in the rocker's system when he died on October 2.
In response to the news, Petty’s wife, Dana, and daughter, Adria, shared a heartfelt note that revealed Petty had “many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip,” which got worse due 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," they stated.
The family added that they “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.”