Billy Mays’ family has released the findings of an independent medical examiner on Thursday, who concluded that Mays’ cocaine use was not a significant contributing factor in his death. Read more of the medical examiner’s findings below.
The report did not say May didn’t use cocaine but there is no evidence he used it habitually.
“There is no evidence that Mr. Mays’ death was related to acute cocaine intoxication with coronary artery spasm or dissection or even aortic dissection for that matter,” wrote Dr. William Manion, the independent medical examiner who conducted the review. “Rather, the use of cocaine by Mr. Mays appears to have occurred a remote time several days before his death.”
The TV pitchman, Billy Mays, 50, was found dead in his family’s Tampa home in June.
The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office classified his death as “natural” but said that cocaine use contributed to the heart disease that killed him. But Mays’ family disagreed with that finding.
“We found this to be so upsetting that we asked for review by an independent medical examiner,” Deborah Mays, the late pitchman’s wife, said in a statement Thursday.
Manion, chief of pathology for Virtua Health, a multi-hospital health care system based in Marlton, N.J., wrote that he was asked to review the official autopsy and address “the question of whether or not cocaine was a significant contributing cause” in Mays’ death.
Manion said that a review of Mays’ past and family medical history indicated Mays had mild obesity, a history of smoking and two close relatives with heart conditions.
“Family and friends found no evidence of symptoms or signs of chronic drug use as would be expected in a long-term chronic drug abuser,” Manion states in the report.
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