Billy Mays’ cocaine use was the trigger that led to Billy Mays’ heart attack, according to officials today. After Billy Mays died several weeks ago, the cause of Mays’ death was ruled a heart attack, but now cocaine has been blamed as well. Toxicology reports found that Billy Mays had cocaine in his system, and it helped to cause the heart failure that killed Mays. As such, the sudden death of Billy Mays has a new answers, but his cocaine use now spawns off several more questions.
Billy Mays reportedly used cocaine days before his heart attack on June 28, according to the Hillsborough County medical examiner. The death of Billy Mays came very suddenly, as his fans wondered how he could have suffered such serious heart failure. With traces of cocaine found in Mays’ system, it may help explain it.
Cocaine wasn’t initially found in the Billy Mays autopsy at first, but toxicology reports found “products of cocaine” which indicate that Mays took the cocaine days before his death, not right before. In addition, traces of prescription drugs and tranquilizers were found in Mays’ system.
Billy Mays was famous for excitable, enthusiastic pitches during decades of infomercials and commercials. As such, it was probably easy for people to joke that Mays had to be on some kind o drug to be that hyper. However, there were no reports of Mays using any kind of drugs, or using prescriptions to a dangerous degree, until his death. As such, reports of cocaine use are not quite the final piece of the puzzle.
Questions now arise as to whether Mays used cocaine before his death, and if so, how much. If Mays was not taking cocaine before this happened, then one must ask why he did it this time, and whether his system was equipped to handle it.
The death of Billy Mays was one of the many celebrity deaths that took place while Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett’s deaths cast a huge shadow. The discoveries found in Billy Mays’ toxicology reports came as a surprise, but they are a mere prelude to the remaining wait for Michael Jackson’s toxicology reports, which will have to come soon.
Speculation about Billy Mays’ cocaine use and prescription drug habits is now more rampant, but is still nothing compared to the talk about Jackson’s possible prescriptions drug, and what his toxicology reports might find. However, finding traces of cocaine in Mays’ system makes him stand out, since cocaine is one of the few substances people aren’t predicting to be found in Jackson’s toxicology results.
One of television’s most famous pitchmen has been dead for over a month. Now, like so many other famous people, there are many new unanswered questions about what Billy Mays was up to when he wasn’t selling something, especially in the last days of his life.
CNN.com- “Autopsy: Cocaine a factor in Billy Mays’ death” www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/08/07/florida.mays.cocaine/
New York Daily News- “Cocaine killed TV pitchman Billy Mays, autopsy finds” www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/08/07/2009-08-07_tv_pitchman_billy_mays_.html