Isn’t there anyone worth looking up to these days?

TAMPA, Fla. — An autopsy report shows that cocaine use contributed to the heart disease that suddenly killed TV pitchman Billy Mays in June, officials announced Friday.

The medical examiner “concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and thereby contributed to his death,” the office said in a press release.

The office said Mays last used cocaine in the few days before his death but was not under the influence of the drug when he died. Hillsborough County spokeswoman Lori Hudson said nothing in the toxicology report indicated the frequency of Mays’ cocaine use.

I honestly admired Billy Mays. He was, from all accounts, a hard-working guy who loved his family and lived life with a straight-ahead honesty that I couldn’t help but like.

And now I find out he was a coke head.

Great. Thank you, world, for kicking me in the groin. ‘Preciate it.

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6 Responses to “Bloody Hell: Autopsy Reveals Billy Mays Was a Coke Head”

  1. Minorcan Maven says:

    Maybe it's a Pollyana (sp?) streak in me, but I just don't believe it YET…I will have to hear a little more info to believe it. For several reasons (first, I must admit is just pains me greatly to think it's true) but, a couple of months back I saw a couple of different headlines over at Drudge saying that over in Asia Red Bull had to be pulled off shelves because of finding traces of cocaine in it…then I never heard about it again, but I wondered about that and how many people might become hooked on Red Bull if this was to continue, people who had NO IDEA of cocaine…I wonder if this is possibly the culprit?

    I admit it's HIGHLY unlikely, but maybe???…I would love for the family to have their won autopsy and I hope they do…

    • Jimmie says:

      It's possible, but a coroner's report is about as official as it gets. I don't know that another medical examiner is going to come up with something different.

      And it's very likely that the ME got the information about his cocaine use from the family, to help them establish the cause of death decisively.

  2. Lux Ferre says:

    No wonder the guy was so bonkers all the time. HI THERE EVERYONE, BILLY MAYS HERE!!! I JUST HORKED UP AN 8 BALL AND I'M READY TO SELL YOU OXI CLEAN, ORANGE GLO, OR A FEW KEYS OF PERUVIAN RAINBOW!!!

  3. ~* Cheesestick *~ says:

    Wow….I did not even see this one coming. :-(

  4. fostert says:

    This surprises you? Every wonder why he was so energetic? It's kind of like why Thomas Edison only slept three hours a day. Or why John Belushi seemed a little too animated for a fat guy. Now maybe I'm biased because I saw many of his late night ads because I was still up from doing cocaine (over that now). But I just assumed he liked his coke. This shouldn't take away from Mr. Mays. Lot's of impressive people have their cocaine habits. Hell, Wall Street wouldn't function without a large supply of cocaine and methamphetamine. And he had the perfect personality for his job. I'm not a fan of marketers, but I know a good one when I see him. He was good. And a little drug habit doesn't make you a bad person. Quite a few people drink wine, after all.

  5. doug macdonald says:

    Thst will teach him for robbing all them people out of their proper residules. He's a thief and a junkie good riddence goof!

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