Billy Mays Cocaine
New reports are revealing that Billy Mays was using cocaine prior to his death and the use most likely contributed to his heart attack.
A Hillsborough County press is saying:
“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.”
In a summary of his autopsy, it was concluded that cocaine had a hypertensive effect on Billy Mays, causing the wall of his left ventricle to thicken, which ultimately lead to “atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries.”
But just how much cocaine had America’s most well known pitchman allegedly been using? Hillsborough County, FL spokeswoman Lori Hudson stated:
“I don’t know that that necessarily is known…Clearly it was in his system…but the exact amount over how much of a period of time, we wouldn’t have that.”
Mays also had evidence of other drugs in his system, including xanax, valium, hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol, some of which were being used to treat a knee-condition. It is also worth mentioning that he has a family history of heart disease.
Billy Mays’ family claims the autopsy “contains speculative conclusions.” The family issued a statement following the report, which said in part:
“Given the hectic nature and pace of Billy’s life…it was not surprising to hear that hypertension was the cause of his death. We were totally unaware of any non prescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results.”
It is likely the family will pursue a second opinion on the autopsy to keep Billy's name from being ruined.