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Apparently the family has released the cause of death.

I guess it can happen to anyone.
A little more to it than that.
Here's the statement from the family .

Rocker Tom Petty died last year from “multisystem organ failure” caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday.

An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, the agency said.

“A lot of these are found in prescription drugs,” said Brian Elias, a coroner’s spokesman.

Petty, 66, also had suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.

Found unconscious at his Malibu home, Petty was taken to UCLA’s Santa Monica hospital in full cardiac arrest and died Oct. 2.

Petty had just completed an extensive tour to mark the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary. It concluded Sept. 25 with a three-night homecoming stand that sold out at the Hollywood Bowl.

His family released a statement addressing the findings on the musician’s official website Friday:

“Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

“Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, 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.

“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.

“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.

“On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

“We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

“Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.”

The statement was signed by the musician’s wife, Dana Petty, and his daughter, Adria Petty.
 

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All drugs have what is called a "dosage window". Below a given dosage, there is no effect. Above a certain dosage, the drug is considered lethal.

The difficulty with fentanyl is that the window is ridiculously small; small enough that anyone using it is generally not in any position to be able say "Oops, that's a bit too much. I better put some back in the bottle.", because they can't measure amounts that small. It's not only a matter of requiing specialized equipment to measure amounts that small. It's a matter of those tiny amounts not even being known about by those providing it or using it.

In some respects, Petty's death is a lot like Prince's. A middle-aged guy in a job that was meant for a guy in his 20's or 30's, who took meds to be able to continue doing that job. Not that he should have given up music, or even touring. But it's the pace and way one does that job that takes the toll.
 

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It was far more than fentanyl. These types of pain killers are "killers". So easily obtained and deadly addictive. I have witnessed a few addictions to them. It's a growing epidemic in North America and we need to get a handle on it. It needs to be stopped not only on the illegal drug user market but on people with legitimate pain issues.

The coroner's office attributed Petty's death at the age of 66 to a "mixed toxicity" of fentanyl, oxycodone, generic Restoril, generic Xanax, generic Celexa, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.

At least 3 times a week I read about a drug bust involving these types of pain killers and that's just in the Niagara Region. My doctor whines when I ask for more sleeping pills, which he will only dispense 30 at a time. They usually last me at least a year and he looks at me sideways when I ask for more. Some doctor's are handing out hard core pain killers like candy.
 

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I tore my Achilles tendon and had to have surgery. I was given Oxycodone for pain, enough for 4 weeks. I only took them for 2 days but I can see how people can become addicted to them.
 
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His reward for a lifetime of smoking: "Petty, 66, also had suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema."
 

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Everywhere seems to have a Px pill problem. First it was oxy, now it's fentanyl.

I was given some low dose oxy about 14 years ago by a doc for some really bad back problems. I took a couple and the effect they had upon me scared me quite a bit. I didn't take any more and flushed the rest of them.

A doc offered some for a kidney stone I had about ten years ago. Nope, declined.
 

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I bet he drank milk. That's what killed him. The Super-lactic Combine is hiding the truth on their evil campaign to save the wild cows.


I was given some oxy-style painkillers during a painful run of chemo (eating my arm veins). The oncologist would only give me enough scripts for everything up to the 2nd last treatment. WTF! But my GP helped me out with the last round. That was all I needed. But I agree - some doctors seem to hand 'em out like they're TicTacs. Or Milkduds.
 

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And looks like he put that all aside and tried to keep going when maybe he should have laid back and got well. I for sure can see how that could happen to anyone.
Truly a sad set of circumstances. I have a question for the performers in the forum, because I am not. Does playing in front of a big audience of fans become an addiction in itself, so much so that you could/would avoid advice from family and doctors to have it. Does playing in front of others give you a rush of excitement, pleasure, fulfillment, comradery, accomplishment. Personally I'd be terrified, particularly in the early stages.
I realize TP was obviously all about his fans, yet he was quoted I believe as looking forward to time with grandchildren at the end of the tour which he finished. Did he just reach a medical tipping point at that last show and his "addiction" to playing and not disappointing others stop him from backing down, like his song goes? All speculation I realize,but tragic nonetheless.
 

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Truly a sad set of circumstances. I have a question for the performers in the forum, because I am not. Does playing in front of a big audience of fans become an addiction in itself, so much so that you could/would avoid advice from family and doctors to have it. Does playing in front of others give you a rush of excitement, pleasure, fulfillment, comradery, accomplishment. Personally I'd be terrified, particularly in the early stages.
I realize TP was obviously all about his fans, yet he was quoted I believe as looking forward to time with grandchildren at the end of the tour which he finished. Did he just reach a medical tipping point at that last show and his "addiction" to playing and not disappointing others stop him from backing down, like his song goes? All speculation I realize,but tragic nonetheless.
My answer is a bit different from your question, but, a few months ago I finished up a gig I've had for the last seven years. I had really enjoyed it up until about two years ago. However, in the last couple of years there's been a ton of bad circumstances behind the scenes with other members that have taken a toll. I knew when the last gig was, and although I has dreading it, I had an overwhelming need to just see this thing through until the bitter end. I felt like I owed it to the gig, if that makes any sense.

I guess we love music and playing so much that we have to finish what we start and not let the people we do it with down.
 
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I bet he drank milk. That's what killed him. The Super-lactic Combine is hiding the truth on their evil campaign to save the wild cows.
The Dangers of Drinking Cow's Milk
Due to the extreme processes that milk goes through and the high amounts of antibiotics, hormones, and genetically-modified substances that cows are continually exposed to, I believe there are real and eminent concerns associated with drinking milk from cows. All cows release toxins through their milk, as milk is a natural exit-portal for substances that the body cannot use.


“Ingredients” Added to Cow’s Milk
  • A Veritable Hormone Cocktail: including pituitary, steroid, hypothalamic, and thyroid hormones (remember most cows are extremely stressed)
  • Gastrointestinal Peptides: Nerve and epidermal growth factors, and the growth inhibitors MDGI and MAF
  • rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone): a genetically engineered hormone directly linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer. This is injected into cows to increase milk production. [1]
  • Pus: National averages show at least 322 million cell-counts of pus per glass! [2] This is well-above the human limit for pus-intake, and has been directly linked to paratuberculosis bacteria, as well as Crohn’s disease. The pus comes from infected udders on the cows known as mastitis.
  • Blood Cells: The USDA allows up to 1.5 million white blood cells per milliliter of commonly-sold milk. [3] Yes, you are drinking cows blood in the milk and the USDA allows this!
  • Antibiotics: Currently, cows are in such a state of disease and mistreatment that they are continually being injected with antibiotic medicines, and rubbed down with chemical-laden ointments to deal with their chronic infections. Currently, regulating committees only test for 4 of the 85 drugs in dairy cows. This means that the other 81 drugs in cow’s milk are coming directly into your glasses and bodies. Estimates show that 38% of milk in the U.S. is “contaminated with sulfa drugs or other antibiotics,” according to a study by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest and published in the Wall Street Journal on December 29, 1989. A study from the FDA data showed that over half of all milk was laden with traces of pharmaceuticals yet nothing has been done to control this.
 
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Pus: National averages show at least 322 million cell-counts of pus per glass! [2] This is well-above the human limit for pus-intake, and has been directly linked to paratuberculosis bacteria, as well as Crohn’s disease. The pus comes from infected udders on the cows known as mastitis.
 

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The Dangers of Drinking Cow's Milk
Due to the extreme processes that milk goes through and the high amounts of antibiotics, hormones, and genetically-modified substances that cows are continually exposed to, I believe there are real and eminent concerns associated with drinking milk from cows. All cows release toxins through their milk, as milk is a natural exit-portal for substances that the body cannot use.


“Ingredients” Added to Cow’s Milk
  • A Veritable Hormone Cocktail: including pituitary, steroid, hypothalamic, and thyroid hormones (remember most cows are extremely stressed)
  • Gastrointestinal Peptides: Nerve and epidermal growth factors, and the growth inhibitors MDGI and MAF
  • rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone): a genetically engineered hormone directly linked to breast, colon and prostate cancer. This is injected into cows to increase milk production. [1]
  • Pus: National averages show at least 322 million cell-counts of pus per glass! [2] This is well-above the human limit for pus-intake, and has been directly linked to paratuberculosis bacteria, as well as Crohn’s disease. The pus comes from infected udders on the cows known as mastitis.
  • Blood Cells: The USDA allows up to 1.5 million white blood cells per milliliter of commonly-sold milk. [3] Yes, you are drinking cows blood in the milk and the USDA allows this!
  • Antibiotics: Currently, cows are in such a state of disease and mistreatment that they are continually being injected with antibiotic medicines, and rubbed down with chemical-laden ointments to deal with their chronic infections. Currently, regulating committees only test for 4 of the 85 drugs in dairy cows. This means that the other 81 drugs in cow’s milk are coming directly into your glasses and bodies. Estimates show that 38% of milk in the U.S. is “contaminated with sulfa drugs or other antibiotics,” according to a study by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest and published in the Wall Street Journal on December 29, 1989. A study from the FDA data showed that over half of all milk was laden with traces of pharmaceuticals yet nothing has been done to control this.
That's why you don't cross border shop for dairy products.
Not relevant to Canadian milk .
 
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