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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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Remembering Billy Mays

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106.

monica    

Crackhead billy mays

1812 days ago
107.

nomorecommercials    

I bet those commercials that billy mays made will finally be pulled from the tv. Man, that backfired on the sponsors

1812 days ago
108.

nutella    

Billy was a coke head and should be blasted more so then MJ. At least Michael never did coke. Billy doesnt deserve and pass.

1812 days ago
109.

lovemj    

balls (LMAO balls where are you!?)

1812 days ago
110.

KILLBILL    

if you wanna hang out you gotta take her out COCAINE!

1812 days ago
111.

HumanNature    

MJ WAS A DRUG ADDICT, LEGAL AND BILLY MAYS WAS A JUNKIE NOT LEGAL!!!!!

WHAT A FOOLISH LOST!!!!

1812 days ago
112.

informed    

Oh my god TMZ, get your facts straight! Temezapan is the generic sleeping pill that is sold as Restoril. It is NOT anti-anxiety medication. You need to retract that part of your story immediately!!

1812 days ago
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C1456    

I find it funny that everyone is is point the fingers at this man calling his death the result of him being a junkie. First of all, there was no cocaine in his system, instead there were traces of benzoylecgonine, a METABOLITE of cocaine, if he had metabolites of cocaine but no cocaine in his system, COCAINE DID NOT KILL HIM. Second, all those drugs were legally prescribed and the reports says that the levels were at medically accepted doses, stop acting like all have medical degrees with your dogmatic views on drug use. Thirds, Billy Mays had chronic hypertension, long term high blood pressure -- a cardiovascular disorder, and was well known he did even before his death, the drugs did not kill him, his cardiovascular system created in someone's God's image was far from perfect. This man worked hard to get to where he got two, long before he was on TV he was going around pitching products to make a living, he has maintained contact and a close friendship with fellow pitchman Anthony Sullivan for almost 15 years, who during a radio show interview and the Pitchmen tribute show broke down into tears because he lost a good friends, hardly sounds like some unstable junkie to me.

1812 days ago
114.

Candace    

I just don't understand why this was released, if cocaine was a not a factor in his death. It wasnt as though he died of a cocaine induced heart attack so why is there any need to state there was cocaine in his system from earlier. (can someone enlighten me)?? Regardless if this is true or not, everyone please stay away from drugs. It's so sad. God Bless his family and friends

1812 days ago
115.

lalaloo    

It is possible that the benzoylecgonine was not from coke. If it was just trace amounts it could be from other sources, both OTC meds and in the topical cream for pain relief Esterom. Without knowing the levels, it is not conclusive.

1812 days ago
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C1456    

#138, temezapan is a benzodiazepine drug and benzodiazepines can be used for more than one thing, in this care anti-anxiety.

1812 days ago
117.

C1456    

It almost all speculation as of right now,

1812 days ago
118.

Dana    

Say it ain't so Billy... say it ain't so!!

1812 days ago
119.

feralle    

Why did this have to be published? Let the man RIP.

1812 days ago
120.

mom    

OK - I'm sick of all the "I hope all the white people blahblahblah - because MJ was black (?????), don't u see black Americans keep the race thing going, NOT the whites ( and yes I am black). The issue here is docctors giving out so many prescriptions - why would he have needed two anti anxiety meds? Why would he need more than one prescription pain med? Why would he use cocaine knowing he had all these drugs in his system? Why did MJ do it? We may never know the "why" but Doctors should be a little more careful giving out prescriptions so easily and quantities,

1812 days ago
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