But wait, there's no more: iCan pulls Billy Mays commercial
TMZ reports that "Today (Aug. 13) is the last day you'll be seeing the late, great Billy Mays endorse health insurance -- the company behind one of the legendary pitchman's most recent commercials has officially pulled the spot off the air. . . For the record, the company did get the OK from the family to continue running Billy's ad -- and Billy's son also made the following point on his Twitter page, "When actors die, their movies continue to play, right?"
But here's the problem: Would a company selling a health insurance product really want it's pitchman to be a guy who recently died at the age of 50, with the autopsy report suggesting that cocaine was a factor? That's the problem.
When that autopsy was released, Mays' family said it was "extremely disappointed" that the autopsy had been released publicly.
"We were totally unaware of any non-prescription drug usage and are actively considering an independent evaluation of the autopsy results," they said in a statement. They also said that the report "contains speculative conclusions that are frankly unnecessary."
And now we may be seeing at least part of the reason why they're so upset: The cocaine allegations have cast a cloud over Mays' legacy, and that'll impact the long-term income stream his estate will benefit from.