Billy Mays’ autopsy blames cocaine use for heart disease, but family was “unaware”

Pitchmen star and Pitchman Billy Mays’ death last month was caused by his cocaine usage, according to his autopsy. The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s autopsy revealed “Mays died form a lethal arrhythmia of the heart caused by hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease” and that his use of cocaine “caused or contributed to” his heart disease.

The report “revealed Mays had taken cocaine in the days before his death. He was also taking hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol by prescription for hip pain,” according to the St. Petersburg Times. He was not using cocaine when he died.

However, his family isn’t convinced. “We were totally unaware of any nonprescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results,” Billy Mays’ wife Deborah said in a statement that called the cocaine information a “speculative conclusion.”

Autopsy finds that TV pitchman Billy Mays had used cocaine, which contributed to his fatal heart condition [St. Petersburg Times]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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