Coroner: Billy Mays likely died of heart disease

In news that likely came as a relief to US Airways, a Florida coroner has initially determined it was likely heart disease that killed the infomercial celebrity and star of Discovery’s Pitchmen.

Mays, who was to turn 51 next month, was found unresponsive by his wife yesterday morning at his home in Florida. Initial reports posited that Mays may have died as a result of injuries sustained in a “hard landing” in Tampa on Saturday. However, the coroner’s initial findings reveal that that is not likely the case:

According to Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vernard Adams, Mays “had an enlarged heart, a thickening of the wall of the ventricle which takes blood to the heart.”

The coroner also found that no internal, external or head injuries were present. With toxicology results due in a few weeks, other factors could be found to have caused Mays’ unexpected and early demise. It’s interesting, though, that the Fox News video of Mays relaying his injury on the flight was held up as possible insight into his death. With these findings, it’s much more likely that this video is a more eerily prophetic view into what killed him.

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