New tests over death of rocker

Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS -

PATHOL­O­GISTS have or­dered more tests to de­ter­mine Tom Petty’s ex­act cause of death.

The 66-year-old rocker died last week af­ter be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a car­diac ar­rest.

But de­spite an au­topsy tak­ing place “it was clear fur­ther tests needed to be done”, sources said.

Re­sults of the tox­i­col­ogy screen­ing – to dis­cover whether Petty had any drugs in his sys­tem – could take weeks.

The Free Fall­ing singer was a smoker for nearly 50 years but two years be­fore his death he said he had cut down to one packet a day.

He was sur­rounded by his friends, family and band­mates at UCLA hos­pi­tal in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia, when he died.

Rel­a­tives agreed to switch off his life sup­port af­ter learn­ing he had no brain ac­tiv­ity.

Petty found star­dom in 1976 when he and his band the Heart­break­ers had hits with Don’t Do Me Like That and Here Comes My Girl.

He was also in su­per­group the Trav­el­ing Wil­burys with Bob Dy­lan, Roy Or­bi­son, Ge­orge Har­ri­son and Jeff Lynne in the 1980s.

NAT­U­RAL­IST Sir David At­ten­bor­ough topped a list of “eth­i­cal cham­pi­ons” Brits would pic­ture on the new £20 note – due out in 2020.

He came way ahead of Prince Charles, who came sec­ond in a poll.

Richard Bran­son, Stella McCart­ney and Jamie Oliver were among other top picks in YouGov’s sur­vey for Good Money Week.


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