Officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office announced today that they will determine the cause of death for, singer and songwriter, Tom Petty.
Petty, 66, passed away on Monday October 2, 2017 at the UCLA Medical Center after being found unconscious in his Malibu home. The artist’s manager released a statement regarding his passing. Longtime manager for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tony Dimitiades, said the rock legend died “peacefully at 8:40 pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends” after he went into cardiac arrest earlier in the day.
While his death is not considered suspicious, the coroner has jurisdiction over the official determination of the cause of death, according to a spokesman for the department.
All deaths, even natural ones, are investigated by a coroner unless the deceased was seen by a doctor within the last six months prior to death. In fact, the reason Playboy’s publisher Hugh Hefner’s death is not being invested by the coroner is because he regularly saw his physician, with his doctor signing his death certificate.
An autopsy was performed on Petty Tuesday, with results pending. The toxicology screening of his blood will probably take several weeks to finish, and this will delay the release of the coroner’s official report.