The Hillsboro County Coroner reports that cocaine contributed to Billy May’s death. He was not under the influence at the time of his death, but cocaine was found in his system. The coroner said it played a part in killing him. He had ingested cocaine in the days before his death. The coroner reports that he also had a therapeutic level of pain killers in his system at the time of his death. He was due to go in for hip surgery the day after he died. The pain medication was prescribed for the pain his hip was causing him.
Billy May’s energetic voice and relentless sales pitches has made him a household name. He is responsible for making Oxiclean and Orange Glo two of the largest selling household cleaners on the market. His jet black manicured hair and beard along with his blue shirt were his trade mark looks.
He was found dead in his home in Florida home by his wife on June 28. She found him in bed unresponsive. The initial autopsy reports he died of a heart attack. The toxicology reports listed cocaine as a contributer to his death.
Billy Mays has made the name pitch man famous by his years of successfully launching new products that have sky rocketed in sales. His fame earned him a Discovery Channel show called “Pitchman” in which he had inventors demonstrate their products for him. If he thought they would sell, he would start the inventor in the direction of production for the product and then pitch the finished item to the public for sales.
His family released a message to the public today which appears in the Orlando Sentinel. The family denies that Billy ever took any unprescribed drugs. They feel the toxicology report is wrong. They are citing his hypertension being the cause of his heart attack. He has been on a busy travel schedule for the last ten months. The family reports they are “actively considering” an independent autopsy evaluation due to these reports.
They went on to say that anyone that knew Billy would tell you he had been under pain management from his doctor due to hip pain he has suffered in the last two years. He was due to have his third hip surgery in 18 months. The mays family goes on to say there is no truth about Billy ingesting cocaine and that this has caused pain for the family. They ask that they be left alone and their privacy respected.
References : Orlando Sentinelhttp://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2009/08/billy-mays-cocaine-revelation-whats-your-reaction.html