Tom Petty’s death is being investigated by the Los Angeles County coroner’s department. Petty died suddenly on Monday night (October 2nd) at UCLA Medical Center, one day after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. The Associated Press reported: “Department spokesman Ed Winter says an autopsy was conducted Tuesday but that further examination is needed to determine the exact cause of death. . . No foul play is suspected, but Winter says the coroner investigates all deaths where the deceased hadn’t seen a doctor in six months. Winter says results of toxicology screening — to determine whether Petty had any drugs in his system — could take several weeks.” There has been no word from Petty’s family or management regarding a funeral or public memorial.
Although not as soul searching and gut-wrenching as some of his peer’s work over the years, Tom Petty recently told us that his songs are still snapshots of his life and his emotions: “It’s very hard to know, but I think, y’know, you are the sum total of what you’ve been through. Especially as an artist — if you’re gonna try to create and compose and do those things, I think all your experiences come together and make some sort of stew. There are probably personal revelations, yeah, where you go, ‘Oh dear, (coughs) I didn’t know I said that,’ but I know what I mean.”
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