The Billy Mays autopsy links cocaine to his death. The Billy Mays autopsy report states that cocaine was a contributing factor in the pitchman’s death. The death of Billy Mays came as a shock because it happened so quickly, but now an autopsy report that has been released states that it wasn’t just heart problems that led to the death of Billy Mays. The autopsy report of the Billy Mays death was released on August 7th, and many affiliates have already gained access to it, primarily TMZ, which has had many reports on the death of the pitchman since he passed. Now this autopsy report adds a new wrinkle to an already clouded celebrity death,
Billy Mays died on June 28th in his Florida home after returning from a business trip. Many theories rose up immediately about what might have happened to him, even the stretch that he may have hit his head during turbulence on a flight home that caused him to die. That turned out to only be a rumor though, and wasn’t tied to the ultimate causes of death that the coroner’s placed on the Billy Mays death certificate. Rather than just linking his death to natural causes though, the bad news has come in that Billy Mays was a cocaine user, and it led to some health problems that contributed to killing the infamous late night television infomercial host.
The Billy Mays autopsy report states that cocaine use was a contributing cause of his death. This is only one of the items that were listed as a Billy Mays cause of death though, as they also listed hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease. It seems that his heart had a rough go of things during his life, and that it finally gave out on June 28th, 2009. There was a press release from Hillsborough County that stated “from the presence of metabolites of cocaine and the absence of cocaine itself, it was concluded that Mr. Mays used cocaine in the few days prior to his death but not immediately prior to death.”
Cocaine wasn’t the only drug found in the system of Billy Mays though, as the autopsy report also shows Hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (painkiller), alprazolam (Xanax), nordiazepam (Valium), benzoylecgonine (byproduct of cocaine) and temazepam (anti-anxiety) as well as ethanol (alcohol). This is tragic news for the family of Billy Mays, and it is unclear if those close to him knew that he was taking so many drugs and medications. It also may complicate matters when it comes to health insurance payments as well as the memory of the pitchman. It is such a shame that another celebrity death is being linked to drug use, and especially tragic that illegal drug use could have been a leading contributor to ending the life of Billy Mays. Another high profile death brings with it a lesson to others that drugs do indeed kill.
Source: TMZ Report