In the Streaming Age, Does Music’s Q4 Matter Anymore?

The fourth quarter — the music business’s traditional cash-in period coinciding with the holiday season — is well under way. But while in the past, record labels backloaded their schedule with superstar releases targeting Black Friday and beyond, Chris…

The fourth quarter — the music business’s traditional cash-in period coinciding with the holiday season — is well under way. But while in the past, record labels backloaded their schedule with superstar releases targeting Black Friday and beyond, Christmas 2018 paints a different picture. A look at the albums coming out between now and December […]

From the Beatles to Phil Collins, 13 Biggest Urban Legends Tied to Top Music Hits (Photos)

“Strawberry Fields Forever,” The Beatles  “Strawberry Fields Forever” kickstarts the list of Beatles songs associated with the “Paul is dead” conspiracy, where believers think that band member Paul McCartney died in …

“Strawberry Fields Forever,” The Beatles  “Strawberry Fields Forever” kickstarts the list of Beatles songs associated with the “Paul is dead” conspiracy, where believers think that band member Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a doppelganger. Many believe that at the end of the song, John Lennon can be heard mumbling “I buried Paul,” though Lennon has disputed those claims, insisting that the phrase he utters is actually “cranberry sauce.”

“A Day in the Life,” The Beatles  Beatles conspiracists believe that this song made use of backmasking — a technique in which a message is recorded backwards onto a song. According to them, if one plays a segment of “A Day in the Life” in reverse, they can hear Lennon saying “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.” Also, according to the conspiracy, the lyrics “He blew his mind out in a car” corroborate that McCartney had died in a car crash.

“Revolution 9,” The Beatles  The last “Paul is Dead” biggie in the Beatles’ discography is “Revolution 9.” Though the avant-garde, eight-minute track is undeniably one of the band’s spookier songs, some claim that playing the lyric “number nine” backwards reveals the hidden backmasked message, “turn me on, dead man.” It was also one of well-known Beatles fan Charles Manson’s favorite tracks, as he saw it as prophetic.

Tom Petty’s Bandmates Tell Stories Behind Lost Tracks at ‘American Treasure’ Preview Event

Nearly a year on from his death, Tom Petty’s fans could use a heartwarmer. They’re getting one in the form of “An American Treasure,” a forthcoming 60-track boxed set of mostly previously unreleased studio and live material. A few dozen invited guests …

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Pearl Jam pays tribute to Tom Petty and Chris Cornell during Seattle homecoming shows 

As reported by Consequence Of Sound, Pearl Jam took a moment during its homecoming shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field to honor some loved ones and influential artists who have recently died. First was a cover of Chris Cornell’s “Missing,” a track from Cor…

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Concert Review: Ex-Byrds Deliver Stirring ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ Tribute

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New Tom Petty Clip ‘Keep a Little Soul’ Features Vintage Footage, Silly High Jinks, Nipples (Video)

Tom Petty may be dead, but he’s certainly not forgotten. And he’s not done bringing music to the masses.

Following news that a box set of Petty’s music will be released later this year, the official music video for “Keep a Little Soul,” from the upcoming selection, was released Wednesday.

The video is heavy on vintage footage chronicling the decades-long career of Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers. Along with home movies and clips from Petty and the Heartbreakers’ energetic performances throughout the years, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the group’s goofy sense of humor, including a clip of Petty, sporting an oh-so-’70s ‘stache, flashing the camera his nipples in full-on Boy Gone Wild fashion.

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Petty died in October 2017 at age 66 of an accidental overdose. According to the coroner, the “Don’t Do Me Like That” musician had a number of medications in his system, including Fentanyl, an opioid that was found to be responsible for the death of musician Prince in 2016 at age 57.

According to a statement issued by Petty’s family, the musician had suffered from a fractured hip but nonetheless decided to tour for 53 dates with the fracture.

“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,” the family added.

Also Read: Tom Petty’s Death Leads to Coroner Inquiry

The box set, “An American Treasure,” will be released September 28 on Reprise Records.

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Tom Petty may be dead, but he’s certainly not forgotten. And he’s not done bringing music to the masses.

Following news that a box set of Petty’s music will be released later this year, the official music video for “Keep a Little Soul,” from the upcoming selection, was released Wednesday.

The video is heavy on vintage footage chronicling the decades-long career of Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers. Along with home movies and clips from Petty and the Heartbreakers’ energetic performances throughout the years, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the group’s goofy sense of humor, including a clip of Petty, sporting an oh-so-’70s ‘stache, flashing the camera his nipples in full-on Boy Gone Wild fashion.

Petty died in October 2017 at age 66 of an accidental overdose. According to the coroner, the “Don’t Do Me Like That” musician had a number of medications in his system, including Fentanyl, an opioid that was found to be responsible for the death of musician Prince in 2016 at age 57.

According to a statement issued by Petty’s family, the musician had suffered from a fractured hip but nonetheless decided to tour for 53 dates with the fracture.

“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,” the family added.

The box set, “An American Treasure,” will be released September 28 on Reprise Records.

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Tom Petty ‘An American Treasure’ Boxed Set Track List Revealed, New Song Drops

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Tom Petty Boxed Set of Unreleased Music Coming in September

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Remembering Prince: 5 of Legendary Singer’s Most Memorable Performances (Videos)

Remembering Prince: 5 of Legendary Singer’s Most Memorable Performances (Videos)
From a rain-drenched Super Bowl to duets with other iconic guitarists, Prince put out one great show after another during his historic career.
As a part of a rock gu…

Remembering Prince: 5 of Legendary Singer’s Most Memorable Performances (Videos)

From a rain-drenched Super Bowl to duets with other iconic guitarists, Prince put out one great show after another during his historic career.

As a part of a rock guitarist All-Star team, Prince performed George Harrison’s classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” alongside Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Tom Petty, and George’s son, Dhani.

To ring in the year 2000, Prince pulled out all the stops on a special New Year’s Eve concert that featured a duet performance of “American Woman” with Lenny Kravitz.

If you want to see what Prince sounded like in his pre-Revolution days, you can check out this complete concert filmed at the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey in 1982.

TheWrap Lands 14 Nominations for LA Press Club Journalism Awards

TheWrap scored 14 nominations for this year’s Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards, the organization announced Thursday, including for Best Website of a News Organization Exclusive to the Internet.
Senior reporter Matt Don…

TheWrap scored 14 nominations for this year’s Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards, the organization announced Thursday, including for Best Website of a News Organization Exclusive to the Internet.

Senior reporter Matt Donnelly picked up two nominations, for Best Entertainment Journalist and Best Entertainment Feature for “Indie Movie ‘Beach Rats’ Has a #BuryYourGays Problem – But It’s Not Backing Down.”

Awards editor Steve Pond also earned two nominations, in the Obituary category for “Tom Petty Appreciation: He Was Rocking to the End” and in Entertainment News for his exclusive breakdown of Oscars’ envelope-gate: “Oscars Stage Manager Details PwC Accountants’ Incompetence: ‘They Froze.'”

TheWrap founder and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman earned a Non-Political Commentary nod for “Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers? The New York Times Was One of Them” — and executive editor Tim Molloy was recognized for his humorous personal essay “What ‘It’ Gets Right About Being a Kid in 1989.”

Movie critic Alonso Duralde and theater critic Robert Hofler also earned nominations for their reviews, while film reporters Jeremy Fuster and Beatrice Verhoeven picked up a nod in Gender/LGBT Reporting for “Happy Women’s Day, Hollywood: Disney, Fox Have No Female Directors on This Year’s Movies.”

In addition TheWrap crative director Ada Guerin and her team picked up four awards for design and photography. Guerin and Eric Hernandez shared a nomination for print design for TheWrap Emmy Magazine’s Comedy-Drama-Actors issue.

Photographer Corina Marie’s photo essay of “This Is Us” breakout star Chrissy Metz was recognized, along with two shots by Corey Nichols of “Veep” star Tony Hale, one in the Portrait category and one in Entertainment Photo.

The L.A. Press Club’s 60th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards will be held on June 24 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

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How Tom Petty Became the Key to HBO’s Elvis Presley Documentary

HBO’s two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” covers lots of ground and talks to lots of people who were close to Elvis. But according to director Thom Zimny and producer Jon Landau, a key to the film came from one of the last people they interviewed: Tom Petty, who sat down to talk about Elvis in March 2017, less than seven months before his unexpected death.

“What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell,” said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen, who is also interviewed in “The Searcher.” “Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis’ career, which is typically dealt with dismissively. He said, ‘Yeah, but when you put all the craziness aside, there is still this incredible singer, surrounded by this incredible band.’

“And he chose, as an example, this piece called ‘American Trilogy,’ a very corny but soulful and beautiful trilogy that Elvis used to do. Tom described exactly what it meant to have Elvis transcend the corniness to do something so stirring and so great. Thom [Zimny] and I had been planning to use ‘American Trilogy’ all along, but Tom spontaneously brought it into the discussion on its own.”

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Petty, added Zimny, was one of the final interviews that was done for “The Searcher.” “I’ve had no experience like that interview before,” said the director, whose other work includes editing a dozen episodes of “The Wire” and directing several documentaries about Springsteen.

“Tom seemed completely in sync with the film I was talking about for many years with Jon. The ‘American Trilogy’ sequence was an idea between Jon and I: How can we bring the interpretation of his later touring career to a different place? And Tom just went there.”

Petty is only one of many voices in “The Searcher,” a two-part, four-hour chronicle of Elvis’ life and career that premieres on HBO on Saturday. But one of his comments could serve as a mission statement for the film: “[Elvis] had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music.”

The film began when Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife and a key figure in the Elvis estate, approached HBO with the idea of a new documentary using rare footage from the archives. HBO went to Landau, who in his younger days as a rock critic wrote one of the first serious appraisals of the ’70s Elvis as a musical and cultural force.

Also Read: How Elvis Presley’s Death Led to the Birth of Modern Entertainment Journalism (Guest Blog)

“My idea was to tell the story from the beginning to the end, good times and bad times,” Landau said. “Elvis’ weaknesses, his bad decisions, the things he had no control over because of the Colonel [his manager, Colonel Tom Parker] — we have to cover all those things, but I don’t want the film to be about those things.

“I ultimately wanted this thing to be about this genius. Because I believe he was a genius from start to finish, even when he was recording the soundtrack to ‘Clambake.’”

Zimny said Landau was an important voice in the making of the film — but so was Priscilla, who provided the film’s title when she commented that Elvis spent his whole life as “a searcher.”

“It almost became a joke when we were in the editing room,” said Landau. “Anytime we got stumped, I would say, ‘Why don’t we add more Priscilla?’ Because everything she said was so empathetic and intelligent.”

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Like every other interview subject, though, Priscilla is never seen on camera talking about Elvis. All the interviews in “The Searcher” were audio-only, with none of the talking-head footage that is standard in documentaries like this. And while the four hours contain Elvis footage that we’ve seen before, the filmmakers made a conscious effort to find a new approach.

“The idea was not to repeat images of Elvis that we had seen 1000 times,” said Zimny. “And by not cutting to a talking head sitting in a chair, it gives you freedom. It’s daunting at first because you have Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen or Robbie Robertson talking, and you have to come up with an image. But I loved the idea of finding outtakes or using Super 8 footage that doesn’t feel like it’s from a clip reel. We wanted to keep away from the VH1 language.

“I felt that we had to trust that the audience has an understanding of Elvis’ story, so let’s focus on the beats between the big moments. He wanted to do a gospel song on the Ed Sullivan show? Let’s concentrate on that, not on how he was shot from the waist up.”

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HBO’s two-part documentary “Elvis Presley: The Searcher” covers lots of ground and talks to lots of people who were close to Elvis. But according to director Thom Zimny and producer Jon Landau, a key to the film came from one of the last people they interviewed: Tom Petty, who sat down to talk about Elvis in March 2017, less than seven months before his unexpected death.

“What Tom did, perhaps more than anybody, was tell the story that we were trying to tell,” said Landau, the longtime manager of Bruce Springsteen, who is also interviewed in “The Searcher.” “Tom started talking about the later part of Elvis’ career, which is typically dealt with dismissively. He said, ‘Yeah, but when you put all the craziness aside, there is still this incredible singer, surrounded by this incredible band.’

“And he chose, as an example, this piece called ‘American Trilogy,’ a very corny but soulful and beautiful trilogy that Elvis used to do. Tom described exactly what it meant to have Elvis transcend the corniness to do something so stirring and so great. Thom [Zimny] and I had been planning to use ‘American Trilogy’ all along, but Tom spontaneously brought it into the discussion on its own.”

Petty, added Zimny, was one of the final interviews that was done for “The Searcher.” “I’ve had no experience like that interview before,” said the director, whose other work includes editing a dozen episodes of “The Wire” and directing several documentaries about Springsteen.

“Tom seemed completely in sync with the film I was talking about for many years with Jon. The ‘American Trilogy’ sequence was an idea between Jon and I: How can we bring the interpretation of his later touring career to a different place? And Tom just went there.”

Petty is only one of many voices in “The Searcher,” a two-part, four-hour chronicle of Elvis’ life and career that premieres on HBO on Saturday. But one of his comments could serve as a mission statement for the film: “[Elvis] had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn’t make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music.”

The film began when Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ ex-wife and a key figure in the Elvis estate, approached HBO with the idea of a new documentary using rare footage from the archives. HBO went to Landau, who in his younger days as a rock critic wrote one of the first serious appraisals of the ’70s Elvis as a musical and cultural force.

“My idea was to tell the story from the beginning to the end, good times and bad times,” Landau said. “Elvis’ weaknesses, his bad decisions, the things he had no control over because of the Colonel [his manager, Colonel Tom Parker] — we have to cover all those things, but I don’t want the film to be about those things.

“I ultimately wanted this thing to be about this genius. Because I believe he was a genius from start to finish, even when he was recording the soundtrack to ‘Clambake.'”

Zimny said Landau was an important voice in the making of the film — but so was Priscilla, who provided the film’s title when she commented that Elvis spent his whole life as “a searcher.”

“It almost became a joke when we were in the editing room,” said Landau. “Anytime we got stumped, I would say, ‘Why don’t we add more Priscilla?’ Because everything she said was so empathetic and intelligent.”

Like every other interview subject, though, Priscilla is never seen on camera talking about Elvis. All the interviews in “The Searcher” were audio-only, with none of the talking-head footage that is standard in documentaries like this. And while the four hours contain Elvis footage that we’ve seen before, the filmmakers made a conscious effort to find a new approach.

“The idea was not to repeat images of Elvis that we had seen 1000 times,” said Zimny. “And by not cutting to a talking head sitting in a chair, it gives you freedom. It’s daunting at first because you have Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen or Robbie Robertson talking, and you have to come up with an image. But I loved the idea of finding outtakes or using Super 8 footage that doesn’t feel like it’s from a clip reel. We wanted to keep away from the VH1 language.

“I felt that we had to trust that the audience has an understanding of Elvis’ story, so let’s focus on the beats between the big moments. He wanted to do a gospel song on the Ed Sullivan show? Let’s concentrate on that, not on how he was shot from the waist up.”

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Fleetwood Mac to Tour With Neil Finn, Mike Campbell as Lindsey Buckingham’s Replacements (EXCLUSIVE)

Shortly after Variety confirmed that Lindsey Buckingham had left the band, Fleetwood Mac announced plans to tour this Fall with two new members: Mike Campbell (pictured above, left), longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn (right) will be joining the Mac for their upcoming tour, with final […]

Shortly after Variety confirmed that Lindsey Buckingham had left the band, Fleetwood Mac announced plans to tour this Fall with two new members: Mike Campbell (pictured above, left), longtime lead guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn (right) will be joining the Mac for their upcoming tour, with final […]

One of the greatest mysteries surrounding Prince has been solved

When the public was informed of Prince’s untimely death, people immediately took to sharing videos of their favorite live performances to showcase what a singular talent the man was. One of the most shared videos was Prince’s 2004 appearance at the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, where he joined Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and…

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When the public was informed of Prince’s untimely death, people immediately took to sharing videos of their favorite live performances to showcase what a singular talent the man was. One of the most shared videos was Prince’s 2004 appearance at the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, where he joined Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and…

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Oscars In Memoriam: Eddie Vedder Pays Tribute to Harry Dean Stanton, Roger Moore, Jerry Lewis

The past year saw the death of many notable entertainment figures, particularly in the music business. For this year’s Oscars In Memoriam segment, Eddie Vedder sang Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” by Tom Petty, who died in October. Jerry Lewis came last in the segment, traditionally the space where the biggest star is honored. […]

The past year saw the death of many notable entertainment figures, particularly in the music business. For this year’s Oscars In Memoriam segment, Eddie Vedder sang Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top” by Tom Petty, who died in October. Jerry Lewis came last in the segment, traditionally the space where the biggest star is honored. […]

Pollstar Conference Draws Top Talent, Live Music Luminaries and a Little Controversy

When the Oak View Group purchased concert industry trade Pollstar in July 2017, OVG co-founder Irving Azoff promised to bring the annual Pollstar Conference “into the 21st century.” The mega-manager meant business, as the 2018 edition proved. Held from Feb. 6 through 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the confab featured panels, […]

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Stevie Nicks Pays Homage to Tom Petty at MusiCares: ‘I Know You’re Standing Next to Me’ (Watch)

The Grammys charitable organization MusiCares honored Fleetwood Mac for its annual pre-Grammys fundraising concert, and as expected Stevie Nicks’ acceptance speech was one of the most entertaining moments of the evening. She talked warmly about her relationship with the group’s fans, getting older and more, but after speaking for several minutes, she paused poignantly, and […]

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Tom Petty Family Calls For Opioid Discussion After Coroner Reports Drug Overdose Was Cause Of His Death

The wife and daughter of rocker Tom Petty said today that they hope revelations that he died of a drug overdose will spark further discussion on the country’s opioid crisis.
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The wife and daughter of rocker Tom Petty said today that they hope revelations that he died of a drug overdose will spark further discussion on the country’s opioid crisis. Petty’s death in October at age 66 shocked the world, as he had just completed a major tour, including prominent dates at the Hollywood Bowl. His death was originally attributed to cardiac arrest. But today the Los Angeles Coroner’s office said that their final analysis showed Petty succumbed to an…

Tom Petty died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, medical examiner says

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An L.A. County medical examiner has ruled that rocker Tom Petty—who died suddenly last October—was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription medication. Per Rolling Stone, Petty’s death has been ruled a “multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity,” with a…

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Tom Petty’s Family Says He Died of Accidental Overdose

Tom Petty’s cause of death was an accidental overdose, his family said in a Facebook post on Friday. “Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking […]

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Tom Petty Cause of Death Released

Musician Tom Petty, who died last year at age 66, perished as the result of an accidental overdose,his family said Friday in a Facebook post.

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that “Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications,” the statement said. “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.”

The family continued, “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.”

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“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,” the statement added.

According to the coroner, the “Don’t Do Me Like That” musician had a number of medications in his system, including Fentanyl.

Fentanyl, an opioid, was found to be responsible for the death of musician Prince in 2016 at age 57.

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In its statement, Petty’s family added, “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.”

In addition to mixed drug toxicity that, along with Fentanyl, included Oxycodone, Temazepam and Alprazolam, the coroner’s report also listed multisystem organ failure and resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest as causes of death.

“Breakdown” singer Petty died in October after reportedly being hospitalized Sunday night when he was found unconscious at his Malibu home. According to TMZ, the singer was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support, which he was taken off of due to a lack of brain activity.

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Longtime Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades said at the time that Petty had died after suffering cardiac arrest.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived,” Dimitriades said in a statement. “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

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Petty and the Heartbreakers had recently wrapped up a tour.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Musician Tom Petty, who died last year at age 66, perished as the result of an accidental overdose,his family said Friday in a Facebook post.

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that “Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications,” the statement said. “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.”

The family continued, “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,” the statement added.

According to the coroner, the “Don’t Do Me Like That” musician had a number of medications in his system, including Fentanyl.

Fentanyl, an opioid, was found to be responsible for the death of musician Prince in 2016 at age 57.

In its statement, Petty’s family added, “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.”

In addition to mixed drug toxicity that, along with Fentanyl, included Oxycodone, Temazepam and Alprazolam, the coroner’s report also listed multisystem organ failure and resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest as causes of death.

“Breakdown” singer Petty died in October after reportedly being hospitalized Sunday night when he was found unconscious at his Malibu home. According to TMZ, the singer was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and placed on life support, which he was taken off of due to a lack of brain activity.

Longtime Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers manager Tony Dimitriades said at the time that Petty had died after suffering cardiac arrest.

“On behalf of the Tom Petty family, we are devastated to announce the untimely death of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty. He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived,” Dimitriades said in a statement. “He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”

Petty and the Heartbreakers had recently wrapped up a tour.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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