Rock superstar Tom Petty is an icon and he has created record-breaking numbers that make one fall in love with music. The singer and songwriter are deemed to be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer who had quite the life that everyone dreams about. He was married to Dana York and had always worked towards looking after his family. Tom was a part of a number of groups before starting “Heartbreakers”. With the single “Breakdown” that was released soon after the first album, “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,” in 1976, the band became the favorite of many music fans. But his untimely death was what that fans couldn’t endure. Millions of Tom Petty fans were heartbroken post his sad demise. But how did Tom Petty die? The fans have been seeking answers since then and we have got it covered.
When Did Tom Petty die?
The music industry has recorded the early deaths of many legendary musicians. However, the main cause has been overdosage. Back in 2018 when Tom Petty left the world, the fans worried that his cause of death would be the same as many other artists. Petty was only 66 years old when he died. He slipped while performing during a rehearsal and his hip cracked open. It all happened while he was preparing for the Heartbreakers tour. But the star continued to put on the show.
“The dynamic and iconoclastic frontman” who made his band Heartbreakers a popular name to the world had suffered from cardiac arrest and died too early. In October, Petty was lying unconscious. He was not breathing and had a severe full cardiac arrest when he was in his Malibu home. Soon people close to the musician rushed him to the hospital and he was immediately placed on life support. Sadly, EMT couldn’t find any pulse activity and even no brain activity was recorded. So, life support was the only option and his family decided to do so.
But he failed to survive and died on 2nd October 2017. Dimitriades took to social media to announce this news and posted, “On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader, and friend Tom Petty,” “He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates, and friends.”
However, fans kept questioning that cardiac arrest was the only reason or if there was any other problem.
The True Reason for Tom Petty’s Death
Post the death of the legendary artist, his entire system was properly analyzed to find the true reason for his death. As a matter of fact, the shocking details reveal that the musician’s system had huge traces of acetyl fentanyl, oxycodone, alprazolam, citalopram, fentanyl, temazepam, citalopram, and despropionyl fentanyl. Jonathan Lucas who was the chief medical examiner of the coroner’s office confirmed it.
Later Petty’s wife and daughter also stated and clarified the air of doubt. They stated that the Rockstar had to take all these medications for his serious health issues. “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems, and most significantly a fractured hip.” “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 overuse of medication.
The Rockstar had been battling severe health issues. He took sedatives, antidepressants as well as painkillers that made him stubborn. Tom had to constantly deal with depression, insomnia, anxiety, acute pain, and many other problems that made his system polluted. This was the main reason that led to the worsening of the star’s health every day. Eventually, he had multi-system organ failure “due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest”. It was a result of mild drug toxicity.
Though the event was unfortunate, the reason for his death started from a very early stage. He has been constantly using drugs that damaged his health and led to this misery. But Tom Petty still resides in fans’ hearts and he will be forever known for his great music.
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