Tom Petty's daughter has shared her thoughts after a medical examiner concluded that Petty died from an accidental drug overdose.
AnnaKim Petty, one of Tom's two children posted a statement to her Instagram with the caption,
Thomas Earl Petty lived a million lifetimes in one. He over came much psychic pain from an abusive childhood by transforming his anger into the greatest rock n roll band ever. My dad in the past openly overcame a crippling drug problem with no shame. His recent death is tragic yet he died from doing what he loved and what will continue to keep his spirit alive. Touring with a broken hip because he would have it no other way. He loved performing. There are no hypothetical questions I love my dad and feel he is an immortal badass. The amount of pain his hip caused was beyond a normal surgery. He is at peace out of pain. I thank you for respecting my family’s privacy and inviting love during this shocking new chapter. My dad loved his life and left behind so much love in his music for us to share. Invite love listen to Tom Petty. He passed away with his family in a room filled with love. I feel very connected to him give love to everyone you meet we are connected by love #invitelove much love to you and much love to u dad
Shortly after Petty's passing on October 2, 2017, his family released a statement explaining that he had suffered a broken hip but insisted on staying on the road. "Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury. 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."
A mix of drugs including multiple opioids, sedatives and an antidepressant were found in Petty's body according to the medical examiner's news release.
Source: LA Times
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