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Autopsy: Cocaine a Factor in Billy Mays' Death

8/7/2009 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Autopsy: Cocaine a Factor in Billy Mays' DeathA mighty shocking autopsy report concludes cocaine contributed to the sudden death of pitchman Billy Mays back in June.

The report, which was released today, lists "cocaine use" as a contributing cause of death -- along with hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease.

A Hillsborough County press release says "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."

Mays died in his sleep on June 28 at his home in Florida.

UPDATE: Official documents show the following drugs were in Mays' system -- hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (painkiller), alprazolam (Xanax), nordiazepam (Valium), benzoylecgonine (byproduct of cocaine) and temazepam (anti-anxiety). Ethanol -- alcohol -- was also in Mays' system.


**Check out today's TMZ Live, when Harvey and Jason answered your questions about Billy Mays and Michael Jackson's toxicology reports.



Remembering Billy Mays

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ji    

THATS TERRIBLE!!!

he was really my idel
all of my friends say that we are basicly the same

i have the same voice as him

in fact, i will grow up to be just like him-exept for the dieing part

RIP
long live billy mayes

1812 days ago
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Sean    

Did anyone else think he wasn't coked up doing his pitches. To be that energetic you have to be hopped up on coke. No news here.

1872 days ago
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TEAMBRANCA    

Who??se the junkie now

1872 days ago
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piper    

this is very dissapointing to hear.

1872 days ago
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anniehopper    

Man...what a surprise... he was hyper though.

1872 days ago
6.

John    

So, who saw this coming? NO ONE! Wow!

1872 days ago
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La Toya Jackson    

Sniff Sniff .. Pass .. *I'll take some of what Billy Mays is having .. (a little less please)

1872 days ago
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Horhay    

Wow Bubba the Love Sponge was right.....

1872 days ago
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wichitagirl    

Hmm...very interesting...

1872 days ago
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sarabaylady    

My Lord! Frankly this is equally sad and shocking! Where have all the role models gone that are in the public eye for our young people of today.... No wonder there has been a moral decline of values and standards in our country!

1872 days ago
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JessBcuz    

Wonder if they're ganna keep his image on the products NOW. Wow.

1872 days ago
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Debbie    

That is shocking....people can be that hyper without mind or mood altering substances but this is shocking. I thought more of him even though his commercials were annoying!!

1872 days ago
13.

Hollywood's a Hazard    

Maybe he was hocking oxycoke on the side.

1872 days ago
14.

Tired of Idiots    

Well, looky looky. Hope y'all vilify this man the same way you did MJ. SMH.

1872 days ago
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TEAMBRANCA    



....Junkie

1872 days ago
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