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Oh, Dear. I Don't Think I Wanna Be The Next Billy Mays After All. Just Another Victim Of The Mighty Whitie 07.Aug.2009

In happier timesPowder, that is. This has to be making the folks at Mighty a bit uptight-y. And that's not all. According to official coroner's reports, Billy Mays also had Vicodin, codeine, Xanax, Valium and tranquilizers in his system, all washed down with a liberal amount of liquor. While the drugs were not the direct cause of death, the coroner's report states that "cocaine use as a contributing cause of death -- along with hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease."

This just blew me away. I would never have suspected Mays of being a drug abuser, but he certainly had a lot of shit in his system. The news stunned the world, and had to be mortifying for his wife, Deborah, who blasted the Hillsborough County medical examiner for releasing its report "speculative conclusions that are frankly unnecessary and tend to obscure the conclusion that Billy suffered from chronic, untreated hypertension, which only demonstrates how important it is to regularly monitor one's health."

That's all fine and dandy, but I imagine it's easier to live with untreated hypertension if you just stay away from the booger sugar. His wife's statement talks about Billy's chronic hip pain and upcoming surgery as the reason for all the painkillers he was taking, but what about the Xanax, Valium and other non-pain-relieving drugs he was given? What kind of doctor would write scripts for all these different things but not treat the deadlier hypertension? Whoever it is should get their license yanked, at the very least.