Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death

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    Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090807/ap_on_en_tv/us_billy_mays

    By MITCH STACY, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
    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 Hillsborough County medical examiner's office previously determined that the bearded, boisterous TV spokesman had a heart attack in his sleep. His wife found him unresponsive in bed in their Tampa condo June 28.
    Mays was a pop-culture fixture with his energetic commercials pitching gadgets and cleaning products like Orange Glo and OxiClean.
    While heart disease was the primary cause of death, a report released Friday by the medical examiner listed cocaine as a "contributory cause of death."
    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.
    Cocaine can raise the arterial blood pressure, directly cause thickening of the left wall of the ventricle and accelerate the formation of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries, the release said.
    The toxicology tests also showed therapeutic amounts of painkillers hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol, as well as anti-anxiety drugs alprazolam and diazepam. Mays had suffered hip problems and was scheduled for hip-replacement surgery the day after he was found dead.
    The McKees Rocks, Pa., native developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other "As Seen on TV" gadgets on Atlantic City's boardwalk. For years he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuits, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.
    He got his start on TV on the Home Shopping Network and then branched out into commercials and infomercials. He developed such a strong following that he became the subject of a reality TV series, Discovery Channel's "Pitchmen."
     
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    And he still didn't let his hand get run over. Powder or not, still a legend and still missed.
     
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    I agree. I just am afraid that all the little kids who loved him might pick up his nasty habit.
     
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    No matter what killed him or anything else that will pop up about him, he was an amazing and kind person, and will be missed by many. RIP, Billy Mays.
     
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    I am not banking on little kids saying "mommy, Billy Mays is the reason why I'm doing crack." "Daddy Lindsey Lohan is the reason I'm snorting powder..." sounds like a more reasonable explanation. But kids doing crack is not caused by celebrities.
     
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    Why do you suppose they call it 'Dope'?
    It was a choice, as so many have made, and payed dearly for it.
     
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    Well, you can't argue that most, not all, teenagers are influenced by some sort of public figure or whatever. Females more than males, but still, a young mind is an easily distorted one.
     
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    Billy Mays here for cocaine! Our 100% Colombian blow is the best you'll find anywhere! If you don't enjoy it, we'll refund your money and you can keep it! You cannot find coke this good in stores! But wait, call now, and we'll double the offer! Just pay shipping and handling!
     
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    Teenagers are not going to start doing coke solely because Billy Mays' died from it. Just like they aren't going to start using Mighty Mend-It. However, I would like to hear the "here's how to order some crack..." or "but, wait there's more; call now and get a free pipe..."
     
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    Oh Billy, messing with the yayo a little tad too much. RIP.
     
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    This is a ridiculous notion. Besides, do you really think he had kid fans? :rolleyes:



    Excellent! :)
     
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    You're seriously worried about this. So I guess the football player flashing guns , running over people, drugs and so on.... Rappers and this persona, basebLl players and steroids, politicians having affairs, kids parents doind drugs and on and on. Now you are worried Billy mays doing blow is gonna cause kids to Pick up that nasty habit? Yeah he was a huge influence on billions of people
     
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    umm... doesn't oxicleen come in a powder form?:eek::p
    either the coroner got his substances wrong or Billy got them confused...:p

    (ok was that bad?)
     
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    Classic! Thanks for the laugh.:D
     
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    I just saw an OxyClean commercial without Billy, it was some woman narrating, it just wasn't the same. Maybe it was the coke that made him so hyper.

    I wonder if he ever accidentally snorted OxyClean and washed his clothes with cocaine, they are both white powders that look alike.
     
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    HA, I laughed.

    I miss ya Billy, you were a great guy.

    I feel worst of all for his family who will now have to go through what is sure to be a media circus assuming a slow news day comes along. Also, Anthony Sullivan looked so devastated watching the season finale of pitchmen, in the billy mays tribute, that even I got choked up a bit.
     
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    hey i came up with that!:p


     
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    Who the hell refers to cocaine as "dope"? Heroin is dope.
     
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    Cops: Can we search your vehicle?

    Mays: Sure, go right ahead.

    Cops: What's this?

    Mays: OxyClean Power. This is my baby; I carry it wherever I go.

    Cops: Oh, yeah, you're right. Thank you for your cooperation, Mr. Mays.
     
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    What was that number again for ordering?
     
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    1-800-BUY-BLOW! That's 1-800-289-2569! But wait! Call within the next 10 minutes and not only will we double your order, we'll throw in this limited edition mirror and razorblade set for FREE! Just pay shipping and handling! Supplies are limited so call now!
     
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    I've called 1800 BUY BLOW but it was for, uh, nevermind. :p
     
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    * smirk! * :D

    Having seen plenty of Billy Mays commercials, I would've thought his drug of choice was amphetamines.
     
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    Does that trick really work? Like how could they tell if the commercial was run within the last 10 min on every single channel with it? Well it probably runs every 10 min anyway
     
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    I've always wondered that myself too. I bet they don't know, and offer that promotion all the time, but tell you that to encourage you to call.
     

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