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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.



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16.

Lenore    

this is sad

1713 days ago
17.

Tim Bierman    

white folks love that cocaine .. ask george w.

1713 days ago
18.

Memmie    

A good man died. A good man that alway had a moment for TMZ. Let him rest in peace.

1713 days ago
19.

Nick    

i cant believe it....he was such an icon.

Then again you cant judge a book by its cover?!

1713 days ago
20.

Monica    

Sad, another death because of drugs..will they ever learn???

1713 days ago
21.

iamcuriousyellow    

Who the hell was Billy Mays?

1713 days ago
22.

I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

Ah, no kiddin' - have you ever watched this guy's commercials?

1713 days ago
23.

Tamara Cannon    

well, well, well! Let's see if the snakes come out of the woodwork on this one. This guy had illicit street drugs and dangerous prescription drugs in his system. I doubt we will see half the comments we have seen about MJ. Racists!

1713 days ago
24.

Jaynie    

Drugs, drugs ,drugs...no I didn't think so, but should we ought to ALWAYS think IT MIGHT BE DRUGS when people die these days...sheesh. You never know who all does drugs.

1713 days ago
25.

Cory (yes Feldman)    

I guess HE DIDN'T PASS THE SNIFF TEST!

1713 days ago
26.

Jesus    

hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (painkiller), alprazolam (Xanax), nordiazepam (Valium), benzoylecgonine (byproduct of cocaine) and temazepam (anti-anxiety). Ethanol -- alcohol

How in the World do you expect to live if you have all that at one time in your system? Insane.

1713 days ago
27.

Cheryl    

Elvis Presley? DEFINITELY...Michael Jackson? NO DOUBT......BUT BILLY MAYS???? WTF!!!

1713 days ago
28.

Tamara Cannon    

sad, sad. the business is hard.

1713 days ago
29.

JFo    

TMZ cover the Lady Gaga hermaphrodite story already...

1713 days ago
30.

Randy     

"You're gunna LOVE it, I guarantee ya!"

1713 days ago
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