The autopsy report of Billy Mays, The King of Infomercials, lists “cocaine use” as a contributing cause of death, reports TMZ.com.
Mays, who also suffered from hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease, passed away in his sleep on June 28, 2009.
The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office concluded that “Mr. Mays used cocaine in the few days prior to his death but not immediately prior to death.”
Official documents show that the he 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.
In a statement moments after the press release from the Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office, Deborah Mays, issued a statement, citing her disappointment with the “speculative” report. Read the full statement below:
“We are extremely disappointed by the press release released by the Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office. We believe it contains speculative conclusions that are frankly unnecessary and tend to obscure the conclusion that Billy suffered from chronic, untreated hypertension, which only demonstrates how important it is to regularly monitor one’s health.
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. We were totally unaware of any non prescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results.”
“As those who were close to Billy knew, he had been in chronic pain for more than two years and was about to have his third hip surgery in 18 months. His use of prescription pain medication for his hip condition was guided by his physician and was at recommended usage levels. This has been a very difficult period for our family and we appreciate the respect for our privacy that Billy’s many clients, fans and members of the media have extended. We appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers for the family and will not have any immediate comment beyond this statement.”