August 7, 2009

Report: Pitchman Mays used cocaine

U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays used cocaine days before his heart attack and the drug's use helped kill him, a Florida county medical examiner said Friday.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner in Tampa, Fla., said Mays, 50, suffered from heart disease but his drug use was a contributing factor in his June 28 death, The New York Daily News reported.

The TV salesman was found dead by his wife in the couple's Tampa, Fla., condo. Toxicology tests revealed evidence of drug abuse that didn't show up in the initial autopsy, the report said.