New tests over death of rocker
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.
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