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Petty News Round-Up: Cause of Death Update, Billboard Charts

It will be a little while longer before the cause of Tom Petty's death on October 2 is official. 

The Los Angeles County Coroners Office has "deferred" a ruling on Petty's passing pending further tests, and a death certificate was filed on Tuesday (October 10) with no cause of death listed. Petty suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Sunday, October 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."

The full list, according to Billboard, includes:
No. 4, "Free Fallin'": 31,000 downloads, 8.1 million streams
No. 5, "I Won't Back Down": 23,000 downloads, 5.8 million streams
No. 6, "Mary Jane's Last Dance": 18,000 downloads, 6.2 million streams
No. 7, "Learning to Fly": 17,000 downloads, 5.8 million streams
No. 8, "You Don't Know How It Feels": 14,000 downloads, 5.1 million streams
No. 9, "Runnin' Down a Dream": 11,000 downloads, 4.5 million streams
No. 11, "American Girl": 14,000 downloads, 3.3 million streams
No. 12, "Don't Bring Me Down": 8,000 downloads, 2.7 million streams
No. 13, "Don't Do Me Like That": 8,000 downloads, 2.6 million streams
No. 15, "Don't Come Around Here No More": 8,000 downloads, 2.4 million streams
No. 16, "Wildflowers": 9,000 downloads, 1.8 million streams
No. 20, "Breakdown": 7,000 downloads, 2 million streams
No. 21, "Here Comes My Girl": 5,000 downloads, 2 million streams
No. 25, "Into the Great Wide Open": 5,000 downloads, 1.6 million streams

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.