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Report: Cocaine Use Did Not Cause Billy Mays’ Death

Oct. 15 2009, Published 1:40 p.m. ET

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Cocaine was not involved of the death of famed pitchman Billy Mays, according to a study on Mays’ autopsy results conducted by his family through New Jersey physician Dr. William L. Manion.

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Manion’s report contradicts previous findings from the Hillsborough County medical examiner, who claimed that the pitchman's blood revealed that the drug sped up the heart disease that led to his death at age 50 on June 28.

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"I do not believe cocaine played a significant contributing factor in the death of Mr. Mays as the autopsy specimens and findings are not consistent with the cardiac conditions normally observed in a person chronically using cocaine," Manion said in his report.


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The doctor continued:  "Although we cannot undo the damage that has already been done to Billy’s reputation, we are hopeful that this information will assist in clearing the name of a good husband, father and friend.”



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