The Autopsy Report Of Tom Petty Reveals Awful Details About His Death
Tom Petty for "I Won't Back Down" - tompetty / Youtube
Tom Petty was a gem of an artist during his time as a musician. As a well-celebrated singer/songwriter, his skills proved to everybody that you don’t have to be a genius in order to become a tasteful musician— all you need to do invest is your time and interest to learn more.
He started to adore music at a young age, idolizing two powerful titans in music: The Beatles and Elvis Presley. At 17, he tried to break into the competition with his band Mudcrutch but unfortunately, couldn’t make it. However, the record label that signed them saw potential on Petty, thus giving him a chance again. This time, Mudcrutch transformed into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and they conquered the world with his leadership.
With his new band, he found fame and success. Apart from that, more opportunities came knocking through his door, collaborating with different musicians, and cementing his status as a true rock hero. But in as much as music became his life, it ultimately became his death.
On the 2nd of October 2017, after finishing a successful 40th-anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers, a shocking moment happened when TMZ announced that Petty was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest in his Malibu house. He was resuscitated and rushed to the hospital but didn’t make it back to life. 4 days before his birthday on October 20, he was buried at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. The reason behind his sudden death bothered several people including fans of his.
In his autopsy, the report shows that the singer suffered from “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity.” Mixing a variety of medications such as oxycodone, fentanyl, temazepam, alprazolam, and citalopram; most of them were prescribed to him to treat his anxiety, pain, insomnia, and depression. It was then when the people discovered that Petty was already struggling and in dire need of a hip replacement before the tour. Afraid that the highly-anticipated reunion concert might be canceled because of this, he pushed through and avoided the surgery.
Dana Petty, Tom Petty’s widow, addressed the issue after her husband’s death. Had Petty proceeded with the surgery and canceled the tour, he would’ve survived. But loyalty to his fans came first, and he didn’t want them and his bandmates to be disappointed, so he proceeded to do it.
Heartbreakers’ drummer Steve Ferrone witnessed firsthand the struggles of Petty before going on-stage. “He felt he had a lot of people relying on him, the band and the crew, to make a living,” he told Rolling Stone. “But there’s not a person on that crew or in the band that wouldn’t have given up that tour for him.”
Petty’s dedication to music and the people he worked with were all genuine. He knew the risks of his life as he continued to medicate and relied on drugs. Yet in the end, we can all assume how he’s smiling in heaven, all happy that he had left the greatest legacy for everyone in the world to share.