Billy Mays Dies
TMZ is reporting that famed television pitchman Billy Mays has died.
If you’re an infomercial or direct-marketing junkie like myself (I absolutely love informercials, HSN, QVC, you name it), you’d be highly familiar with the television spokesperson known for his blue shirts, flawless black beard, and screaming-pitch. Mays is most known for being the face of Oxiclean, Orange Glo, Kaboom!, Mighty Putty, and a whole host of other products.
According to the Tampa Bay Police Department, Mays was found dead by his wife Deborah at their Tampa home at 7:45 AM. Mays was just 50 years old.
Notably, Mays had just returned from Philadelphia and was on the plane that blew a tire and suffered a rough landing. After landing, Mays commented to a local Tampa station, “All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head.” Natasha Richardson, anyone? Reportedly Mays didn’t feel well around 10 PM on Saturday night as he was going to bed.
My condolences to his wife and kids.
UPDATE: Reports indicate that Mays suffered from heart disease and his untimely death was as a result of said disease.
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