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article imageCoroner Confirms that T.V. Pitchman Billy Mays had Heart Disease

By Cristina Quiñones     Jun 29, 2009 in World
Hillsborough County medical examiner Vernard Adams confirmed that T.V. pitchman Billy Mays's death appears to have been attributed to heart disease.
The autopsy conducted on Monday morning showed that the wall of the Mays's left ventricle and the wall of one of his arteries were enlarged, indicating hypertension. According to The Huffington Post, Adams said "It's not uncommon to have a sudden death with this kind of disease." He also added that Mays was taking the prescription painkillers Tramadol and Hydrocodone for hip pain, but that there is no indication of drug abuse.
There was some speculation that the May’s death was linked a bump that he took to the head on Saturday while on a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Tampa. According to NBC, the front tire of the plane blew out during the landing. Mays spoke to reporters from the Fox Tampa T.V. station after the incident and said, "All of a sudden as we hit you know, it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."
CNN reports that Mays told a friend that he was not feeling well before he went to sleep on Saturday. "He said he was groggy, he wasn't feeling that great. He wanted to get some sleep," said his friend Todd Schnitt.
Monday's autopsy ruled out Mays's blow to the head as the cause of death. The final cause of death will be officially determined when the toxicology results are available in eight to 10 weeks.
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