Tom Petty dead at 66 (tmz.com).
“Tom Petty died Monday night … his longtime manager, Tony Dimitriades, confirms. We broke the story—EMTs responded to a call at Tom’s home Sunday night for a person who was unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest—he was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, where he was immediately put on life support.”
“Dimitriades says Petty died at 8:40 PM PT at UCLA surrounded by friends, family and his bandmates. After learning Tom had no brain activity, his family chose to take him off life support.”
Updated 4th October 2017
Tom Petty’s death leads to coroner inquiry (thewrap.com).
“The Los Angeles County medical examiner’s office is looking into the death of music legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at age 66. ‘We are conducting an inquiry into the death,’ a spokesman for the office told TheWrap on Tuesday, noting that the coroner’s office is currently in possession of the ‘Free Fallin’’ singer’s body. … A number of outlets, TheWrap among them, mistakenly reported that Petty had died Monday afternoon, after CBS News cited a Los Angeles Police Department source. LAPD later said that report was inaccurate, and that ‘initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources.’”
Updated 20th January 2018
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, says family (theguardian.com).
“His wife and daughter released the results of Petty’s autopsy via a statement on his Facebook page on Friday night. Dana and Adria Petty said they got the results from the coroner’s office, saying the overdose was caused due to a variety of medications.”
Medications he was on for “emphysema, a fractured hip and knee problems that caused him pain”. The statement saying:
“‘As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that 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.’”