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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.

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Wow! I knew that OxyCaine was good stuff!!

1879 days ago

robert krznar    

just another junkie on t.v. for are chirldren to look up too.....

1879 days ago


what a fool. Had everything and risked it for a high. I have hypertension like Mays and I cannot even take cold medicine. may he rip.

1879 days ago


All I can say is SHAMWOW !!!

1879 days ago


Q Is there any other way for benzoylecgonine to be in your body other than the use of cocaine?

A Benzoylecgonine is one of several metabolic products of cocaine. It is formed from the hydrolysis of cocaine and is a very specific marker for the presence of that drug. If, however, benzoylecgonine
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There are at least two other ways that cocaine can get into a person's system. One way is from medical administration. Cocaine is a component of a topical anesthetic used by ear, nose, and throat specialists. These physicians should always tell their patients that they have used a cocaine-containing anesthetic and warn them that they could have a positive drug test for up to 48 hours after the use of the anesthetic.

Another, less obvious route of ingestion is drinking mate de coca, a coca leaf tea, which is also sold in health food stores as Health Inca tea. We reported a case in which a person drank some of the tea as part of a meal in a Bolivian restaurant in the United States. (1) The next day he had a positive drug screen. Although the imported tea is supposed to be de-cocainized, some may still contain cocaine in small amounts.

--Daniel M. Baer, MD

Don't believe everything you read

1879 days ago


I don't think this is a reason to make him seem like a bad person. Cocaine user or not he helped a lot of people.

1862 days ago


I liked him And still do.
I figured he did something but it wasn't Affecting me so......
No Biggie Here!

1423 days ago

Big Taters    

Rehab is for quitters.

1210 days ago
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