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Postby greeney2 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:43 pm

Same age as Michael Jackson, 50 was said to have hit his head during a rough landing on Friday. What a shocker!

TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at Florida home
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TAMPA, Fla. – Billy Mays, the burly, bearded television pitchman whose boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop-culture icon, has died. He was 50.

Tampa police said Mays was found unresponsive by his wife Sunday morning. A fire rescue crew pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m. It was not immediately clear how he died. He said he was hit on the head when an airplane he was on made a rough landing Saturday, and Mays' wife told investigators he didn't feel well before he went to bed that night.

There were no signs of a break-in at the home, and investigators do not suspect foul play, said Lt. Brian Dugan of the Tampa Police Department, who wouldn't answer any more questions about how Mays' body was found because of the ongoing investigation. The coroner's office expects to have an autopsy done by Monday afternoon.

Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, told investigators that her husband had complained he didn't feel well before he went to bed some time after 10 p.m. Saturday night, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days," Deborah Mays said in a statement Sunday. "Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times."

U.S. Airways confirmed Sunday that Mays was among the passengers on a flight that made a rough landing on Saturday afternoon at Tampa International Airport, leaving debris on the runway after apparently blowing its front tires.

Tampa Bay's Fox television affiliate interviewed Mays after the incident.

"All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping," MyFox Tampa Bay quoted him as saying. "It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."

McElroy said linking Mays' death to the landing would "purely be speculation." She said Mays' family members didn't report any health issues with the pitchman, but said he was due to have hip replacement surgery in the coming weeks.

Laura Brown, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said she did not know if Mays was wearing his seatbelt on the flight because the FAA is not investigating his death.

Born William Mays in McKees Rocks, Pa., on July 20, 1958, Mays developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other "as seen on TV" gadgets on Atlantic City's boardwalk. For years he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuits, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.

After meeting Orange Glo International founder Max Appel at a home show in Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s, Mays was recruited to demonstrate the environmentally friendly line of cleaning products on the St. Petersburg-based Home Shopping Network.

Commercials and informercials followed, anchored by the high-energy Mays showing how it's done while tossing out kitschy phrases like, "Long live your laundry!"

Sarah Ellerstein worked closely with Mays when she was a buyer for the Home Shopping Network in the 1990s and he was pitching Orange Glo products.

"Billy was such a sweet guy, very lovable, very nice, always smiling, just a great, great guy," she said Sunday, adding that Mays met his future wife at the network. "Everybody thinks because he's loud and boisterous on the air that that's the way he is, but I always found him to be a quiet, down-to-earth person."

Recently he's been seen on commercials for a wide variety of products and is featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which follows Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs. He's also been seen in ESPN ads.

His ubiquitousness and thumbs-up, in-your-face pitches won Mays plenty of fans. People line up at his personal appearances for autographed color glossies, and strangers stop him in airports to chat about the products.

"I enjoy what I do," Mays told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. "I think it shows."

Mays liked to tell the story of giving bottles of OxiClean to the 300 guests at his wedding, and doing his ad spiel ("powered by the air we breathe!") on the dance floor at the reception. Visitors to his house typically got bottles of cleaner and housekeeping tips.

As part of "Pitchmen," Mays and Sullivan showed viewers new gadgets such as the Impact Gel shoe insert; the Tool Band-it, a magnetized armband that holds tools; and the Soft Buns portable seat cushion.

"One of the things that we hope to do with 'Pitchmen' is to give people an appreciation of what we do," Mays told The Tampa Tribune in an interview in April. "I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell."

His former wife, Dolores "Dee Dee" Mays, of McKees Rocks, Pa., recalled that the first product he sold was the Wash-matik, a device for pumping water from a bucket to wash cars.

"I knew him since he was 15, and I always knew he had it in him," she said of Mays' success. "He'll live on forever because he always had the biggest heart in the world. He loved his friends and family and would do anything for them. He was a generous soul and a great father."

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Postby evutch » Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:56 pm

ouch, bumps on the head WILL do that!

greeney, strange, you know?
with ALL the others dying as of late..
i'll bet Mays has touched more people, than what they realise!
i can think of at least three products i have used in the last few weeks, that he pitched.
and i'm not the only one.
and i can guess what color he used to be, and all his children probably match..
a hard working guy from pittsburgh..
no one ever had to pump his stomach out..
or worry about his nose falling off.
and when there were kids in his bed, i'm pretty sure they were his..and not drinking jesus juice..

just a thought...

not to take away from either..

just a thought.
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Postby CodeBlack » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:14 pm

Did he slip on some OxyClean? You know, that $hit that doesn't work. Bad things do come in 3's.
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Postby evutch » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:21 pm

actually, it DOES work!

i use some of it..
the Oxyclean ( actually a Borax like soda) has alot more uses than what they advertise..and replaces alot of expensive caustic stuff used in water treatments..
and that glue stick is a lifesaver for quick fixes on pVC pipes, and DOES carry a pressure load..
use it at work..
( it's like the JB WELD sticks)

all of it is products from elsewhere, but marketed better on TV..

try some up your arse..

either one..
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Postby CodeBlack » Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:31 pm

Reminds me of a red-eye from Chicago I was on once, 2 am to Houston. We start to taxi down the runway and the plane is rocking back and forth making all kinds of racket. Some of the storage bins started popping open (those things are crap) and people were getting hit on the noggin. Then the movie screen on the center isle stansion came lose (it was a 747), swung back and hit the people on the first row in the chin. I thought the whole plane was coming apart. Are they actually going to take off? Finally we got airborne, whew, then 2 separate babies started crying the whole way to Houston, oh man! Then they started serving drinks and the flight attendant comes over and spills a whole beer all over me. Then we land and its the whole rockin thing all over again. Man that plane was ready for the bone yard. I get off at Houston Intercontinental at 3 am and the airport is packed wall to wall. They had all kinds of auxiliary police there directing traffic. It was a madhouse. At 3 am on Sunday morning! I met my parents and they wanted to know why I smelled like beer. I said don't ask. Then they told me about why the airport was packed. Some idiot scheduled like a half dozen 747's all landing at the same time! Doh! You should get to see the plane before you buy the ticket.
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Postby bionic » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:54 pm

R.I.P. Billy.
My son loved this guy.
Pretends to be him doing informercials.
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Postby Wing-Zero » Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:55 pm

They say deaths always comes in 3's, leave it to Billy Mays to throw in two extra absolutely free.
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Postby CodeBlack » Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:02 pm

Now for a limited time only, when you buy 2 boxes of Super Colon Blow we'll throw in 1 free box of Oops, I Crapped My Pants. SNL skit.
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Postby Cole_Trickle » Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:07 pm

He had a heart attack.

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Postby _Billy_ » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:18 pm

Wonder if they will use Orange Glo to polish his casket?
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