The autopsy report was released Friday that said: “Mays died from a lethal arrhythmia of the heart caused by hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease. [The doctor performing the autopsy] Further concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and therefore contributed to his death.”
The cocaine wasn’t from recent use it was perhaps a week old, but the amount of other drugs, whether prescription or not was astounding.
There was alcohol, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and tramadol, as well as Xanax and Valium. The report says the amounts of said drug in his system were small, but I can’t help thinking they played some small role in his death.
His family released a statement about the autopsy report and says this will e their last statement regarding this matter.
“We are extremely disappointed by the press release released by the Hillsborough County medical examiner’s office. We believe it contains 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. Given the hectic nature and pace of Billy’s life, especially during the past 10 months of his exhaustive travel across the country, it was not surprising to hear that hypertension was the cause of his death. We were totally unaware of any non prescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results. As those who were close to Billy knew, he had been in chronic pain for more than two years and was about to have his third hip surgery in 18 months. His use of prescription pain medication for his hip condition was guided by his physician and was at recommended usage levels. This has been a very difficult period for our family and we appreciate the respect for our privacy that Billy’s many clients, fans and members of the media have extended. We appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers for the family and will not have any immediate comment beyond this statement.”
To have a loved one die is hard enough. To have to deal with all the speculation afterward is ridiculous.