Tom Petty’s Death Under Investigation, Despite Autopsy

2
48

Despite a completed autopsy, Tom Petty’s exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

The autopsy was conducted Tuesday, Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Ed Winter told the Associated Press (via USA Today). While no foul play is suspected, Winter says the coroner investigates all deaths where the deceased hadn’t seen a doctor in six months.

Results of the toxicology screening — to determine whether Petty had any drugs in his system — could take several weeks.

Petty was a longtime smoker. As he told Men’s Journal in 2015, he smoked from the time he was 17, though he had gone down to less than a pack a day.

In June 2010, he was trying to quit, even taking up electric cigarettes, which helped his wife, Dana, quit smoking.

“I’ve cut way down,” he told USA Today. “You get vapor and a shot of nicotine, nothing burning.”

Tom Petty’s daughter Annakim Violette Petty thanked the hospital staff following her father’s death.

“The amount of pain you feel will one day be the amount of joy you exsperience. I want to thank the hospital for there privacy,compassion,medical care. Thank my family for only bringing love to the room. Friends for there around the clock emotional sopport.

Fans for there out pouring of love and respect for my familys space and privacy??. My heart feels open and light years closer to my loved ones. The body dies but the loves grows forever. Invite love.”