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Jun 282009

How did Billy Mays die? What was Billy Mays’ cause of death? Mays was only 50.

William “Billy” D Mays, Jr has died. Billy Mays (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) has been an icon in TV advertising for Orange Glo and OxiClean. Billy Mays’ cause of death has yet to be determined by an autopsy on Monday, June 29.

On Sat afternoon, June 27, Billy Mays was on a flight, US Airways Flight 1241, flying from Philadelphia. Mays’ plane was landing at the runway when he had a bump on his head due to the rough landing. Mays bumped his head on the overhead luggage rack when his plane blew a tire landing in Tampa International Airport, Fl.

How are the passengers on US Airways Flight 1241? Was anyone else hit on the head? Do the passengers need to be contacted to alert them after what has happened to Billy Mays?

Billy Mays told a FOX affiliate news person that his head was hit by falling items.

Laura Brown, a spokesperson for FAA, was initially quoted saying that – “The passenger needs to wear a seat belt during landing and he didn’t”. Laura Brown took back her statement and claimed she did not say that. Laura Brown told the news site TMZ that she didn’t know if Billy Mays was wearing his seat belt.

Mays dismissed the knock and joked about having a hard head. By Sat. night, Mays told his wife, Deborah Mays, that he was feeling unwell. On Sunday morning, Mays failed to wake up.

The Tampa Police said there were no signs of foul play.

How did Billy Mays die? Did Billy Mays die of a head trauma injury? The autopsy on Monday will have the details.

Billy Mays, RIP.

The initial autopsy results revealed Mays had heart disease. Mays had a hardening of heart arteries. Mays’ heart weighed more than 500 grams. This indicated hypertensive heart disease. Mays also had left ventricular enlargement. There was no pulmonary embolism; no blood clots were found in his heart or lungs. Mays did not die of a head injury.

There were routine tests on toxicology and these would take 4 – 6 weeks for the test results to develop. The autopsy is not conclusive until the toxicology reports are available.

Billy Mays news video link.

Billy Mays tribute/ eulogy/ photo.

Updated August 7.

The toxicology test results have been released. They showed Billy Mays had used cocaine. The results suggested Mays’ cause of death was due to cocaine.

Billy Mays was an icon. The news that Billy Mays used cocaine and may have died from cocaine abuse is tough to swallow.

Billy Mays’ family wants an independent evaluation.

Updated October 2009

Dr. William L. Manion, a medical examiner, is the second specialist who examined Billy Mays’ body. Dr Manion was hired by Deborah Mays because she disbelieved the first medical report.

Dr. William L. Manion said Billy Mays was a remote user of cocaine and the last time he used cocaine was days ago. Manion said cocaine was not a factor in Mays’ death.

Dr. William L. Manion also said Billy Mays did not abuse prescription drugs. The level of prescription drugs in Mays’ body was consistent to the dosage he was prescribed with to deal with his health conditions.

Billy Mays’ son, Billy Mays III, posted a photo of his dad’s tombstone.

Billy Mays

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  147 Responses to “How did Billy Mays die: Billy Mays cause of death (photo/ video)”

  1. growing up and remembering my chilhood, at some point i would remember billy mays and his oxi-clean comersials. we miss u billy

  2. We will all miss u billy. I hope you had a good life and i hope you enjoyed it. The world will always miss you. Benjee you need to shut your mouth. Billy mays was always a good man. You should not laugh. How would you like it when you die when your 50 and people are laughing at you and saying your were an idiot. RIP BILLY MAYS

  3. the new billy mays is his son

  4. we will always rember u billy…u were a great comercal annocer….we all miss you..rest in peace billy..we love you

  5. Billy Mays is the best sales person in the world and always bill be..I love his infomercials and how loud he is to get attention on how good the products he sold really were… Rest in peace Billy Mays I miss you and cherish those times I saw you on tv.

  6. Ha ha!!
    billy mayz was an idiot!

  7. you will bee missed

  8. ella
    its so sad i liked how he yelled a lot to get peoples atention for selling his products. :( its to bad he turned out like all the other celebs taking drugs and then dying off one by one.

  9. too much oxi clean

  10. must of died from to much oxi-clean

  11. so sorry to here bout his death but billy mays was a pitchman who was so accurate i bout bought the stuff

  12. oh die so old i feel bad for billy mays i hope he have a another live

  13. Well my opinion is that there is no doubt that he used cocaine. Which was a dumbass decision in the firstplace. But the medical report says that he has not used cocaine in the past few days. Well guess what \NEWSFLASH\ cocaine has long lasting effects. I dont know about anyone else but if he was using cocaine was was doing nothing less that asking to die. But he wanted to take his chances and he lost horribly. One less drug user that the DEA has to deal with.

  14. rip billy ):

  15. As the old saying goes, “You make your bed, you lie in it.” If Billy’s lifestyle was as clean as the products he promoted, this tragedy would have surely been avoided. How can a Television icon, who millions of men, women and children look up to use cocaine??? The simple answer is TOO MUCH MONEY. I have used cocaine in the past, but have not touched it for 11 years. As a fifty year old man, he should have known better. He had a bad heart, was over weight, apparently did not exercise and used cocaine for years, up to and including his untimely death. I work at Grand River Hospital in Waterloo Ontario. I cannot tell you how many cocaine related incidents I have seen walk, or be rolled through our doors. I want everyone to know I’m not knocking the man; I just wish he wouldn’t have played with his life knowing he was unwell. God bless you Billy.

  16. Billy Mays was the best Oxiclean guy, and now the new guy sucks. Rest in Peace Billy Mays. We will miss you@


  18. how couldd he have survived when the wheel hit his head the impact should of had killed g=him immidiatly rest in peace Billy Mays


  20. billy noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i will miss you billy

  21. Its really sad that mays died.. lots of youtube videos are making fun of him.. i miss him screaming on his tv ads. may his soul rest in peace.

  22. All the people crying about celeb’s dying, You realize everyone on earth dies correct?

  23. Billy mays was awesome!!!
    coolest guy ever

  24. oh my gosh i didnt know he was dead….. this is so sad… ;(

  25. why why why why why

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  26. i really liked billy intill i found out about what happen to him

  27. All of these celebritys dieing is obviously a conspiracy we need to call the hardy boy billy will be missed the most because he was the only one who was really a normal guy.

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