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.
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.
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