Thomas Earl Petty was an American singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in . He previously led the band Mudcrutch. He was also a co founder of the late s supergroup the .Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner Coroner s office and we were informed of their finalysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications. Unfortunately Tom s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, .Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers | Official News, Tour Dates Ticket Info, Photos, Videos, Fan Club Information and more!.Tom Petty, the dynamic Hall of Fame frontman who led the Heartbreakers, hasd at age after suffering cardiac arrest..