Billy mays
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Today the autopsy results for pitchman Billy Mays were released and showed his cause of death. It seems that the primary cause of death was “lethal arrhythmia of the heart caused by hypertensive and atherosclerotic heart disease”; in otherwords a massive heart attack. What is interesting about the report is what may have caused or at least led to this massive heart attack was a mix of several drugs. According to the tests done there were some trace amounts of cocaine found in his system. Dr. Leszek Chrostowski, who was the medical examiner in charge, stated that while Mays was not intoxicated or under the influence of any drugs at the time of his death, he had probably used the drug in the days before his death, “cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of [Mays’] heart disease and thereby contributed to his death”.

The medical examiner also found traces of tramadol and hydrocodone and oxycodone in his system, which, mixed with the cocaine, may have been a lethal combination. Furthermore, there was also alcohol in his system. That’s a pretty wild mix, liquor, pain killers and cocaine, dude was partying hard. At least he went out with a bang. As you can imagine, the Mays family was not too happy with the release of these results, stating:

“We believe [the release] contains speculative conclusions that are frankly unnecessary and tend to obscure the conclusion that Billy suffered from chronic, untreated hypertension,” said Deborah Mays, Mays’ widow, in a statement issued Friday, “Given the hectic nature and pace of Billy’s life, especially during the past 10 months of his exhaustive travel across the country, it was not surprising to hear that hypertension was the cause of his death.”

Yeah, I get that, no one wants the last memory of a loved one besmirched in an autopsy report. That’s the life of a (semi)celebrity. Rest in Peace Billy Mays, king of the throat beards!


Cocaine Factor in Billy Mays Death

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