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Billy Mays' death linked to cocaine use.

TV salesman Billy Mays, who was a spokesperson for OxiClean and died on June 28, had ingested cocaine days before his heart stopped and the drug contributed to his death, the Hillsborough County medical examiner said in a report on Friday.

Toxicology tests uncovered cocaine in his system.

"Hays died from a lethal arrhythmia of the heart caused by hypertensive and arteriosclerotic heart disease," the county said in a statement attributed to Dr. Leszek Chrostowski.

Mays was found dead by his wife in their condo in Tampa, Florida.
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Date:Aug 7, 2009
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