Jun 28 - Breaking News-'Informercial King' Billy Mays Dies
Infomercial King' Billy Mays Found Dead in Home
Sunday, June 28, 2009
In this Dec. 6, 2002 file photo,TV pitchman Billy Mays poses with some of his cleaning products at his Palm Harbor, Fla., home.
DEVELOPING: Television pitchman Billy Mays — who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets — died Sunday.
Mays, 50, was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry to Mays' residence and foul play is not suspected. Authorities said an autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon.
"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days. Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times," Mays wife, Deborah, said in a statement on Sunday.
Mays was well known for his numerous television promotions of such products as Orange Glo and OxiClean. He was also featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which followed Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs.
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.
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 a##ociated Press in a 2002 interview. "I think it shows."
Mays was on board a US Airways flight that blew out its front tires as it landed at a Tampa airport on Saturday, MyFOXTampa.com reported.
US Airways spokesman Jim Olson said that none of the 138 pa##engers and five crew members were injured in the incident, but several pa##engers reported having bumps and bruises, according to the station.
Authorities have not said whether Mays' [rip] was related to the incident.
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 compa##ionate friend."
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|06-28-2009, 10:43 AM||away - #2|
All this [rip]...........DAMN!
|06-28-2009, 10:44 AM||away - #3|
The world is ending!!!
|06-28-2009, 10:46 AM||away - #4|
Neighbors in the South Tampa neighborhood that TV pitch man Billy Mays lives in are reporting to the BRN that as of 8am eastern time Billy Mays died. No foul play has been reported, and no other info is available at this time. Remember your heard it first here!
|06-28-2009, 10:48 AM||away - #5|
Wow no way no way!!!
|06-28-2009, 10:49 AM||away - #6|
WTF THIS IS WORSE THAN MICHAEL JACKSON DYING
HIS TV SHOW WAS !!ING AMAZING
BIG CITY SLIDERS !! THE WORLD!!!!
|06-28-2009, 10:49 AM||away - #7|
wtf? everybody droppin like flies.
|06-28-2009, 10:49 AM||away - #8|
Damn looks like [rip] was hunting for him, look what happened to him just yesterday!
Jet tires blow out while landing at TIA
What Cindy McGee will remember most about her trip to Philadelphia this week is the landing of her US Airways flight in Tampa on Saturday afternoon.
"There was a slam and we all went forward," she said a couple of hours after the hard landing at Tampa International Airport. "We skidded. After a while, the pilot said we had a problem and to stay on the plane."
U.S. Airways Flight 1241 blew its front tires as it landed, forcing the airport to shut down the busy north-south runway.
US Airways spokesman Jim Olson said that none of the 138 pa##engers and five crew members was injured in the incident. Among the pa##engers was television pitchman Billy Mays, authorities said.
Some pa##engers did have bumps and bruises, said the 53-year-old McGee, a nurse who also teaches nursing at the University of Tampa.
Others, including some children, were traumatized, said the 53-year-old Clearwater resident.
"All the pa##engers were taken off the aircraft and put on buses where they were escorted to a secure waiting area at the airside," Geoghagan said.
An hour later, pa##engers were allowed to retrieve their baggage and sent on their way, she said. Many left the airport to the sight of the disabled plane on the runway, visible from the airport exit.
McGee, of Clearwater, who attended a nursing convention this week, was greeted by her husband, Kevin, and both left the terminal. They pulled off the road at the airport exit to watch the airplane be examined by safety officials.
She said pa##engers remained on the airplane for almost an hour before they were escorted through the rear exit.
"It wasn't until they got us to the terminal," McGee said, "that they told us that a tire blew."
She doesn't fly often, she said, and it may be a while before she gets on an airplane again.
Geoghagan said the FAA has released the aircraft and the runway probably would remain closed for most of the evening.
Late Saturday night, a ma##ive tow truck was brought in to move the plane off the runway. Robert Johnson, of Pro-Tow, was up to the task.
"We had to figure out a way to get the plane up off the ground," he said. "The landing gear in the front, the wheels had come off.
"We don't do many of these," he said, "but it's always interesting. See new things everyday. It was just a straight stub of a piece of metal about four inches around that comes down and holds the actual wheels on the plane and the wheels had broke off, so that was all that was left."
"The really good news," said U.S Airways spokesman Olson, "was that there were no injuries and everyone was taken off the plane and most people have left the airport."
He said that blown tires are not common.
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|06-28-2009, 10:50 AM||away - #9|
who the !! was Billy Mays? i've heard the name, don't know him though... meh
|06-28-2009, 10:53 AM||away - #10|
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH... thsi guy... Just lkooked him up on google image, and really, the only place I know this dude from is commercials... sad, but how is it worse than MJ's [rip]?
|06-28-2009, 10:53 AM||away - #11|
Never heard of him...
|06-28-2009, 10:54 AM||away - #12|
|06-28-2009, 10:55 AM||away - #13|
damn its already on wikipedia
|06-28-2009, 10:55 AM||away - #14|
AND HE DIDNT MOLEST CHILDREN
|06-28-2009, 10:56 AM||away - #15|
the shamwow guy probably k#lled him
|06-28-2009, 11:00 AM||away - #16|
damn he was also only 50, wtf is going on
|06-28-2009, 11:00 AM||away - #17|
oh thats right because you never heard about it in your tabloids huh? :rolleyes:
stop judging celebrities by what you hear in the media...you dont know them personally....that goes for Michael Jackson and Billy Mays
|06-28-2009, 11:01 AM||away - #18|
the shamwow guy !!ed a prostitute
|06-28-2009, 11:03 AM||away - #19|
i just google him....NOOOO Not Billy Mays!!!!
RIP to the King of Infomercials....he could have sold rehab to a crack fiend, easily :agreement6:
|06-28-2009, 11:05 AM||away - #20|
and he said "because billy mays isnt a pedophile"
reading is fundamental.
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