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Cocaine a Contributing Cause of Billy Mays' Death

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Aug 07, 2009 | 1:54pm EDT

The autopsy report of TV pitchman Billy Mays lists "cocaine use" as a contributing cause of death, reports TMZ.com.

Mays, who died in his sleep on June 28, also suffered from hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease.

In a Hillsborough County press release, it concluded that "Mr. Mays used cocaine in the few days prior to his death but not immediately prior to death."

Official documents show the following drugs in Mays' system: hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (painkiller), alprazolam (Xanax), nordiazepam (Valium), benzoylecgonine (byproduct of cocaine) and temazepam (anti-anxiety). Ethanol -- alcohol -- was also in Mays' system.

Moments after the Hillsborough County report was released, Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, issued a statement, citing her disappointment with the "speculative" report and how it's damaging her late husband's image.

For Deborah's full statement, click here.

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