Blame The Bad Shit

August 7, 2009 / Posted by:

Daaaaamn! So Billy Mays’ autopsy report just came out and the stuff found in his system reads like Lindsay Lohan’s grocery list. TMZ says the following drugs were detected in his system: Vicodin, Oxycodone, Xanax, Valium, benzoylecgonine (byproduct of cocaine) and temazepam (anti-anxiety). They also found booze.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office said Billy died from heart disease, but cocaine was a contributing cause of death. The report added that Billy used the bad shit a few days before his death, but not immediately prior.

Billy was taking the prescription painkillers for hip pain. The medical examiner said that it didn’t look like Billy was a pill head, because he was taking the correct amount of drugs and wasn’t abusing.

And here I was thinking Billy’s crazy energy was au naturale. I probably though that because every time I watched him on TV I was stoned, so I couldn’t see the signs clearly.

UPDATE: Billy Mays’ widow just released a statement and she is pissed about the medical examiner’s office releasing a preliminary report:

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

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.”

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