Tom Petty’s Death Ruling Deferred

Coroner wants to conduct more tests before making determination

By Gary Graff
October 11, 2017

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has “deferred” a ruling on Tom Petty’s Oct. 2 death pending further tests. A death certificate was filed on Tuesday (Oct. 10) with no cause of death listed.

Petty suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Sunday, Oct. 1, and died at 8:43 p.m. PST the following day at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. The certificate indicates that Petty will be interred at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, but no funeral date or other details have been revealed.

Meanwhile, Petty continues to storm the charts in the wake of his death. He notched 14 of the Top 25 spots on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart in the week after his passing, including spots 4-9 led by “Free Fallin'” with 31,000 downloads and 8.1 million streams and followed by  “I Won’t Back Down,”  “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” “Learning To Fly,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream.”