Printer Friendly

Independent Evaluation Finds that Billy Mays Death Was not Attributable to Cocaine Usage.

Statement from Deborah Mays

TAMPA, Fla. -- Billy's family and I have never agreed with the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's conclusion that cocaine use contributed to Billy's death. We found this to be so upsetting that we asked for review by an independent medical examiner.

This review, conducted by Dr. William L. Manion, states that the autopsy results do not support the conclusion that cocaine was a contributory cause of Billy's death. In fact, one of the few areas of agreement between the two reports is that it was a "natural" death. Dr. Manion goes on to say that if cocaine had been considered a significant contributing factor, the manner of death would be classified as "accidental" and not "natural."

Dr. Manion's report also says:

"Ochronic cocaine use was not demonstrated by the autopsy findings of Mr. William Mays. In addition, there is nothing in his medical, social or professional history to suggest chronic cocaine use. Therefore, I do not believe cocaine played a significant contributing factor in the death of Mr. Mays as the autopsy specimens and findings are not consistent with the cardiac conditions normally observed in a person chronically using cocaine."

Dr. Manion, M.D., Ph.D, J.D., is consultant medical examiner for Burlington and Ocean Counties, New Jersey and Chief of Pathology for Virtua Health in New Jersey. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology, and is a nationally recognized and respected expert in the field of pathology.

We believed at the time -- and believe even more now based on Dr. Manion's report -- that the conclusions drawn by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner were not supported by the findings of the autopsy, nor by Billy's medical history. And, although we cannot undo the damage that has already been done to Billy's reputation, we are hopeful that this information will assist in clearing the name of a good husband, father and friend.

This has been a very difficult period for our family and we appreciate the continued support that Billy's many fans have extended. We again thank these fans and the members of the media who have respected our family's privacy. We are also grateful to Dr. Manion for his thoughtful and objective review of Billy's autopsy information and the medical literature to make sense of Billy's untimely death.
COPYRIGHT 2009 Business Wire
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Business Wire
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Oct 15, 2009
Previous Article:Philly Fed Firms See Signs of Recovery.
Next Article:Nielsen: U.S. Consumers Say Boo to Store Brand Candy, Celebrate with Brand Name Candy for Halloween.

Related Articles
Still shrouded in mystery.
COCAINE DEATH; Details of doorman tragedy a mystery, coroner tells court.
Cocaine cardiovascular toxicity.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters