By Wyatt Earp | August 8, 2009
“And apparently, I had a bit of a ‘cocaine issue’ before my untimely death!”
Now, before you start sending me hate mail, I was one of Mays’ biggest fans. I said as such when I posted about his death. That being said, if he was using cocaine, he probably made his own bed here.
I still think the guy was tremendously entertaining, but this throws a bit of a wet blanket on his memory.
An autopsy report issued Friday by Hillsborough County, Florida, cites cocaine as a contributing factor in the death of TV pitchman Billy Mays, who died in June at age 50.
“Mays died from a lethal arrhythmia of the heart caused by hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease,” the county said in a statement attributed to Dr. Leszek Chrostowski, the associate medical examiner who conducted the autopsy.
“He further concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and therefore contributed to his death,” it added.
The fact that toxicology tests detected only breakdown products of cocaine, not the drug itself, led Chrostowski to conclude that Mays had used cocaine “in the few days prior to death but not immediately prior to death.” (H/T – CNN)
Well, I guess we know why he was always so cheerful and full of energy. Why can’t the Free Credit Report guys start using cocaine? I hate those toads!