Cocaine Contributed to Billy Mays' Death: Autopsy

Painkillers, Valium, Xanax also found
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 4:31 PM CDT
In this Dec. 6, 2002, file photo,TV pitchman Billy Mays poses with some of his cleaning products at his Palm Harbor, Fla., home.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
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(Newser) – Cocaine figured into Billy Mays’ death, TMZ reports. An autopsy found traces of the drug in Mays' system, suggesting that the TV pitchman used it a few days before his death. The report lists “cocaine use” as a contributing cause of death, along with heart disease. The autopsy also found painkillers hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone, along with Valium, Xanax, and alcohol.