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PostSubject: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:35 pm

TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home


TAMPA — Billy Mays, the TV pitchman whose trademark voice helped sell everything from cleaning supplies to baking soda, was found dead this morning by his wife at his Tampa home. No cause of death has been reported and no foul play is suspected, according to Tampa police.

Mays, 50, was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. at 2853 Bowen Daniel Dr., #1201. His wife, Deborah Mays, found him unresponsive this morning. The Medical Examiner's Office will complete Mays' autopsy by tomorrow afternoon.

"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 today. "Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times."

Mays was a passenger Saturday of a 737 airplane that had a front tire blow out, said spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan. Mays and other passengers were interviewed by US Airways staff after the Philadelphia flight's hard landing. Responders reported no injuries.

"Tampa Fire (Rescue) reported no injuries. Nobody asked for treatment," Geoghagan said. "Some of the passengers said they had bruises."

Mays was one of the stars of "Pitchmen," a Discovery Channel documentary series that focused on Mays' claim to fame: inventions and infomercials.

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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:14 pm

Wow. Everyone is dying this week.

It's sad that people have to die and I'd really hate to be their families right now (loosing someone is the worst), but what the heck?
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:25 pm

I read that and all I could think was who's going to yell at us to buy things now.

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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:16 pm

I liked his pitch, wasn't really yelling but it was talking up... now we're left with anthony sullivan who's a little bland for me and vince the slap chop guy who's sort of funny but I don't know if I want cheese on a martini or bikini
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:23 pm

I hope he just died in his sleep without knowing it, in a good dream. candles


I don't think I know who he is. I saw George Forman once on one of thoses advertising his grill, but was this the man that advertised the rotissery oven?
I'll go google him up in a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 3:55 pm

ever seen an Oxy Clean or WhatOdor or Might Putty commercial?
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:04 pm

ravengrim wrote:
I read that and all I could think was who's going to yell at us to buy things now.

lol this was my first response to the news
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:15 pm

Yeah! I saw an Oxy Clean one once. Part of it. wow. Thks!

I've got youtube up now and he must have been really famous. There are pages & pages of vids. on him.
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PostSubject: Re: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home   Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:13 am

God, the poor guy! I heard about it on CNN this morning. He was on a plane that had a really rough landing -- I think it blew a tire on the landing gear or something -- and some overhead luggage fell on his head. But he felt fine at the time! And then died shortly after, at home. Must have been a concussion, I guess.

Seems like the front page of the news has turned into the obituaries these past few weeks. Between these deaths, and recent plane crashes, and the protests in Iran, it's been a sad and depressing few weeks.
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