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Tom Petty died due to accidental opiate overdose: coroner

FILE PHOTO: Musician Tom Petty arrives for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Musician Tom Petty arrives for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo

LOS ANGELES — Rocker Tom Petty died in October due to “multisystem organ failure” brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office said on Friday.

The coroner’s office attributed Petty’s death at the age of 66 to a “mixed toxicity” of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.

The medical examiner’s report lists the manner of death as “accidental.”

Petty, whose vibrant guitar riffs, distinctive vocals and slick song lyrics graced such hits as “Refugee,” “Free Fallin’” and “American Girl,” was found unconscious at his home in Malibu on Oct. 2 and died at a hospital later that night.

Petty, best known for his roots-infused rock music, carved a career as a solo artist as well as with his band The Heartbreakers and as part of supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler

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