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TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa police say Billy Mays, the television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.

Authorities say Mays was pronounced dead Sunday morning after being found by his wife at home. There were no signs of a break-in, and investigators do not suspect foul play. The coroner's office expects to have an autopsy done by Monday afternoon.

Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, says the family doesn't expect to make any public statements and asked for privacy.

Mays was also featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which followed Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs.

RIP, Billy.

Just found more to the article:

Rough landing Saturday
Tampa area media outlets reported that Mays was a passenger on a U.S. Airways flight that made a rough landing on Saturday afternoon at Tampa International Airport, apparently blowing its front tires in an incident that left debris on the runway.

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."

U.S. Airways officials said Sunday they could not immediately confirm that Mays was a passenger.

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!"
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.

Plenty of fans
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.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman released a statement Sunday extending sympathy to the Mays family.

"Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth," Hillman's statement said. "Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend."
 

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Dang, you beat me! I was just about to post this.

They're dropping like flies...
 

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What is going on with these 50 year old men who suddenly die with no apparent reason.

RIP and I hope the family gets some answers quickly.
 

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I always kind of liked the guy. Tudor couldn't stand him - he'd mute the volume whenever there was a Billy Mays ad on.

I hope they are not sharing the same corner of Heaven.
 

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I always kind of liked the guy. Tudor couldn't stand him - he'd mute the volume whenever there was a Billy Mays ad on.

I hope they are not sharing the same corner of Heaven.
That's too funny, Nance! I liked Billy Mays, too, especially after watching the show Pitchmen and seeing how they really cared about helping out the people who develop these products. Billy was rather volatile, so I would not be surprised to find out he had a heart attack due to high blood pressure or something like that.
 

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I always kind of liked the guy. Tudor couldn't stand him - he'd mute the volume whenever there was a Billy Mays ad on.

I hope they are not sharing the same corner of Heaven.
LMBO. You come up with the funniest things. I bet he wouldn't kick Farrah out of the corner :)
 

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What is going on with these 50 year old men who suddenly die with no apparent reason.
I had a 42 year old cousin pass from a heart attack on Friday.
 

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Seems like folks in celebrityville are not faring too well. Four in a week. That is alot. Ed McMahon and Farrah weren't really that unexpected. But Michael Jackson and now Billy Mays, both relatively young. Ouch.
 

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I hope they are not sharing the same corner of Heaven.
You make me laugh, Nance. :)

What about David Carradine (sp?), he doesn't count anymore? That would be 5 within a matter of weeks.
 

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You make me laugh, Nance. :)

What about David Carradine (sp?), he doesn't count anymore? That would be 5 within a matter of weeks.
That's right, I had forgotten about David Carradine. That leaves one more, for twice three. :(
 

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Funeral arrangements are now being arranged for Billy Mays. He apparently wants to be wrapped in ShamWows.....
 
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