Why Tom Petty's Death Is Being Investigated

Tom Petty's death is being investigated by the Los Angeles County coroner’s department. Petty died 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.


Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Tom Petty at her concert Monday night. The singer was performing at the 2017 espnW Women + Sports Summit when she addressed the crowd about the loss of the legendary rocker.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that we’re all playing with really heavy hearts tonight,” she said. “Not only about Vegas, but [also] losing somebody you love so much and that has inspired us.”

Crow added, “I think it’s always a great opportunity to get to be in the room with each other when other people are going on to the great beyond. We’re playing in Tom Petty’s memory and we’re gonna play a song that, I guess, in some ways, is inspired by the way he played. I just was a big fan.”

Sheryl then launched into “If It Makes You happy” from her 1996 self-titled album.


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