Family: Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose, according to medical examiner

FILE - In this June 16, 2006 file photo, Tom Petty performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Petty has died at age 66. Spokeswoman Carla Sacks says Petty died Monday night, Oct. 2, 2017, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of Tom Petty says the singer-songwriter died from an accidental overdose.

Petty died in October. His family says Petty was prescribed various pain medicines, including fentanyl patches.

Petty, usually backed by his longtime band the Heartbreakers, was known for such hits as “Free Fallin,’” “Refugee” and “American Girl.” The Gainesville, Florida native with the shaggy blond hair and gaunt features drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other musicians he loved while growing up in the 1960s. He was also a member of the impromptu supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.

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