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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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91.

mel    

Well well well. I am shocked. Need to put him and Michael Jackson in the same boat. No one can handle fame. Not even this guy, And he did not come near to Michael Jackson in the fame department. If money is going to make me go crazy & overdose on drugs I don't want it.

1840 days ago
92.

Mark    

Give it a break. The prescription drugs that were present were PRESCRIBED to him. The morning he died he was scheduled for hip replacement surgery.

The cocaine finding is speculative at best.

1840 days ago
93.

DON'T GET SCAMMED    

is any of this really important, when Tiger Woods' fart is still lingering????

1840 days ago
94.

Susan    

I don't think the Dr. did caused Michael Jackson death. As with any other drug, a person's body adjust to the 'usual' dosage (of anything) and it either has to be adjusted or the person put on another but equally effective drug. Propofol is no different, I've used it in a veterinary setting. One dose, and the animal drops suddenly BUT anything you do has to be done quickly because it is SHORT ACTING. The Dr. probably DID give jackson a dose of propofol, but Jackson probably was on it so long he metabolized the drug quickly and woke up, he could have easily gone behind the Dr.'s back and give himself a second dose. Giving the drug outside a hospital setting was wrong, but I don't think the Dr. killed him.

1840 days ago
95.

Texas Girl    

There's one report stating *therapeutic* amounts of painkillers hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol were in Mays' system, adding Mays suffered hip problems and was scheduled for hip-replacement surgery the day after he was found dead. So those could be written off as no OD, but the benzoylecgonine? Sad.

1840 days ago
96.

BonnieBS    

DO YOU THINK THE FAMILY OF BILLY MAYS HAD BEGUN LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE AIRLINES...CONCLUDING THAT SOMEHOW THE "TURBULENCE" AND HIS BUMP ON THE HEAD CAUSED HIM TO HAVE A CARDIAC EVENT LEADING TO DEATH?

DO YOU THINK BILLY MAYS' FAMILY HAD A CLUE ABOUT THE LAUNDRY LIST OF DRUGS HE WAS TAKING? HOW COULD THIS GET PAST A SPOUSE OR PARENT?

1840 days ago
97.

Cory (yes Feldman)    

To think this is the first time he did coke is a joke.
He was in NYC, maybe he didn't know where to get it but he would if he could trust me.

Just was too leary of being set up away from home.

Trust me I know what I talk about.

1840 days ago
98.

ivy    

I also had two hip surgeries and lived with hip pain for years. What he was prescribed I know. NO one knows the pain of having hip replacements unless you have lived through them. Let him rest in peace and leave his family alone.
Nuff said!

1840 days ago
99.

danger baby    

He sold crap. He ingested crap. He polluted the airwaves. Snake oil salesman. Good riddance.

1840 days ago
100.

EGGO    

Wel, well, well........Billy was going up with coke and down with the other meds....probally at the same time. That will kill you.....everybody is doing something that they shouldn't do.....I won't judge him......the WORLD IS A GHETTO

1840 days ago
101.

kjn    

Closet doper. Another waste. Bet his wife is not surprised. GEEZ... That may be more than what MJ was taking.WOW.
Oh well.

1840 days ago
102.

mch    

I am a fan of the products that Billy May was selling.
Of course, Billy Mays was on COCAINE, he was so hyped-up, and jumping up and down with energy that one could get ONLY with the use of strong drugs!
To be a good salesperson, one has to be like Billy Mays- talk fast, perform fast with the products, jump all over the place with demonstrating the products, Billy Mays did this for a long time, and finally his heart stopped working.
I am NOT surprised.
Watch some of the FOX NEWS anchors in the morning? Where do they get their energy? They all talk like Billy Mays, fast n furious! You think those anchors are not taking dope?

1840 days ago
103.

Sarah    

My God is there no one living a clean life anymore in this country!!!!!!!!!! Taking all those drugs is just insane, it is begining to be a list of the ususal suspects for all these celebrities....Xanax, Valium, Oxycodone, Vicodin. Shame on the doctors that are giving out all these drugs everyday in this country to people whether they are celebrity or not. But man, celebrity life must be so great......with the constant pain they need Vicodin for, the sleeplessness and anxiety they need their Xanax for, and the depression they all need their Valium for! Wow, were do I sign up for a little of that slice of happiness! Boy that is living the good life, if you survive it I guess. Good Lord people get yourselves clean and stay away from this crap.

1840 days ago
104.

Sky    

Of course there is no excuse for the cocaine, but all of the other drugs could very well be properly prescribed medications. It all depends on the level of those drugs in his system. If I was tested right now, outside of the coke I would have all the same drugs in my system and then some. Hip problems are very painful, especially if he had any sort of nerve damage from the previous surgeries. I've had 2 spine surgeries because my discs are literally falling apart in my neck. Some people have to live with unbelievable pain and you have to use the drugs properly or you get into trouble. I take a little vicodin during the day for the pain and oxycontin at night to sleep. They use valium and temazepam on me because they are great muscle relaxers. Dealing with the pain causes anxiety in people and then they put you on the Xanax and up the valium. They had me on 40 mg valium at a time for awhile along with neurontin which is a nerve pain drug. I had an endless supply of vicodin & oxycontin to take "as needed". When I realized I was losing huge periods of time I got off as many of the drugs as I could bear to do without. I was seriously strung out... legally. Doctors throw those drugs at patients who they know are in severe pain and sadly some people like it a little too much. You are in trouble when you start using the drugs for recreation instead of medication.

1840 days ago
105.

nutella    

. I hope the white media roast his ass like they did MJ. At least MJ did not do coke. Billy was a junkie. Deal with it

1840 days ago
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