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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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C1456, your writing skills are atrocious. God Bless.

1901 days ago


He overdosed on oxiclean and black hair dye!

1901 days ago

Real People    

His wife is MAD,,,,,,,,,She says it wasnt COKE !

1901 days ago


Wow he is th last person I would expect to be doing stuff like that.

1901 days ago

Paul Conrad    

He was probably snorting Oxy Clean and freebasing Kaboom. He must not of "missed any" as I never recall seeing any premature white in his thick, black beard.

1901 days ago


Let's go slow... what was the quantity of any of the compounds listed? If anyone of us (non-user types) had a toxicology taken, you'd be surprised what it would reveal. Just because your toxicology comes back with 'baking soda' listed (from the Croissant you ate), does it mean you had cocaine instead? FYI, baking soda is the common cutting agent for cocaine. The man admittedly was on pain-killers due to his bad hip - which was to be operated on the day after his death. How many women can spell 'vicodin' once a month... how many men can say 'Sildenafil' (viagra) every week?

BIG NOTE: Benzoylecgonine (the determined residue from cocaine) is used as the main pharmaceutical ingredient in the prescripition drug Esterom, a topical solution used for the relief of muscle pain. "HE HAD HIP & LEG PAIN"... DON'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS!!!

1901 days ago


Now u MJ haters can shut up! Acting like billy mays was so innocent and drug free...yeah right!

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1901 days ago


i have been looking some objective evidence of false positive cocaine test . Here they are

1901 days ago

fordtocarr more reason for the DEA to jump into celebrity drug use. It's not just the Michael Jackson thingy now- it's epidemic out there!!

1901 days ago


Judge not lest you be judged. I'm not condoning the use of drugs or anything but none of us know his life, so don't be quick to judge.

1901 days ago

Crocodile Mick    

Toxicology reports are not reliable. Finding a "byproduct" of cocaine in his system is not the same as finding cocaine in his system. There are many foods and over the counter products that can return false positives. Don't automatically assume he was a coke user. To the blogger that said he hadn't yet had the hip surgery so why would he need the prescription drugs, This would have been his third hip surgery in a two year period. The original surgery was done a couple of years ago, a staph infection developed requiring another surgery. He was scheduled for a third surgery on the same hip a day or two after he died. I do find it strange that he would need so many different kinds of pain killers and anxiety pills. One of each should have been enough.

1901 days ago


This sounds pretty close to the drug combo Heath Ledger had in his body. Do most Americans walk around with this much medication in their bloodstream at one time? How are they getting it all? I guess Doctor Shopping is one way to do it or unethical Drs. who are blinded by Billy May's celebrity? In Canada, health care is monitored closer, especially prescriptions that are being taken. It is all on a data base - linked to all drug stores. That is one of the drawbacks to free healthcare - big brother is always watching. I don't know how these celebrities function with all these different prescriptions in their body at one time. Maybe if Billy didn't have to do the Cocaine he wouldn't need the anti anxiety meds or maybe he needed the Coke to give him that special edge he always displayed in his selling spiels.

1901 days ago

David Boreas

This strange video of Billy's ghost covered in white powder just started making alot of sense.

1901 days ago
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