Tom Petty's Cause of Death Ruled Accidental Overdose

January 19, 2018
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Tom Petty's cause of death has been ruled an accidental overdose, according to The New York Times. "Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications," reads a statement from Petty's wife Dana and daughter Adria. Related: Artists Pay Tribute To Tom Petty "We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident," the statement continues. "As a family we 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. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications." Read the full statement from Petty's family below.

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