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Published:August 8th, 2009 12:34 EST
Billy Mays' Death Linked To Cocaine

Billy Mays' Death Linked To Cocaine

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Cocaine use was a `contributory cause` in the heart attack death of infomercial star Billy Mays in June, the Hillsborough County, Fla., medical examiner`s office reported yesterday.

Mays, 50, was famed for his ear-shattering, booming voice and machine-gun delivery, which turned his OxiClean and Orange Glo pitches into hyper-consumerist kabuki. Heart disease still is cited as the primary cause of death." Tirdad Derakhshani/Philadelphia Inquirer

I didn`t need a toxicology report to tell me that Billy Mays was tweaking. The wide-open eyes, the frantic delivery, the excessive use of the hands: Dude was tweaking!

I suspected that it was either cocaine or the dye from his jet-black beard seeping into his brain that killed him.

Billy Mays commercials for OxiClean should be turned into public service announcements: Kids, this is your brain on drugs.

Mays` wife is upset over the reports that cocaine contributed to his death, but autopsy reports don`t lie. His spouse claims she never saw him do drugs, but she probably didn`t see him dye his beard either.

I`m from the big city, San Francisco to be precise, and I know a hype when I see one. Boys and girls: Billy Mays was a druggie.

Disclaimer: I`m not a physician, and I`ve never played on TV. I never witnessed Billy Mays take drugs, nor has anyone every reported to me that they saw him doing lines of cocaine. But I was born in the projects, and I know a tweaker when I see one on TV.