The medical examiner that performed the autopsy for Billy Mays may have messed up the report, according to one of the world’s most famous forensic experts. Read more on this story below.
The well-known medical examiner Cyril Wecht told TMZ that the people that performed Billy Mays’ autopsy were incorrect in listing “heart disease” as the official cause of death.
Wecht had reviewed Billy Mays’ autopsy and toxicology report himself and says that “acute combined drug toxicity” was the actual cause of death.
Wecht says they published their report and “chose to ignore the combined cumulative affects of the drugs in his system as the cause of death … this was bad toxicology work”.
So why did the medical examiner publish their report before even receiving the toxicology reports?
Cocaine was found to be a major factor in May’s death and there were traces of several prescription drugs in his system, including Xanax and Vicodin.
Billy Mays’ wife continues to dispute the results of the autopsy. She released this statement:
The claims by the Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office about the famed pitchman’s alleged health condition and drug use were “speculative” and “unnecessary.”
“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,” Deborah Mays said regarding the medical examiner’s release Friday.
“We were totally unaware of any non-prescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results,” she added.
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