Fox News is reporting that Billy Mays, the spokesman for many products, including OxiClean, has died at the age of 50. Little information is available but neighbors in his South Tampa neighborhood are reporting that Billy Mays is dead. UpdatedTMZ is reporting that May's wife, Deborah found him "unresponsive" at 7:45 a.m. EDT this morning. Mays returned from a trip to Philadelpha this past week on a plane that blew a tire on landing:
He told a local TV 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." We're told Mays was at his home around 6:00 PM last night, and according to a source Mays was "acting fine and normal ... he was talking business with his father-in-law." According to cops, there are no signs of forced entry to the residence and no foul play is suspected.Pitching products like the Awesome Auger, Hercules Hook, Mighty Putty, Orange Glo, Samurai Shark and Kaboom, Mays was known for his infomericals that seemed to make you go-all-stupid, because you knew that Mighty Putty simply could not pull that truck weighing multiple tons. Mays, whose beard was soooooo very, very black, appeared on the Discovery Channel's "Pitchmen" along with fellow pitcher Sully Sullivan. The two looked for products they believed they could sell, taking the unknown inventor into the mighty fold of high intensity selling, in the hopes of hitting it big with Billy and Sully. Check out this "Turn Don't Burn" video for sun bathers (or Billies and Bikinis). I like this one. Hated Mighty Putty. BillyMays.TV:"Life's a Pitch, Then You Buy." Update 6-30-09: Mr. Mays' wife, Deborah, said that heart disease was the cause of Billy's death. Monday's autopsy showed that Mays had "hyertensive heart disease." Hypertensive heart disease would normally indicate high blood pressure. Read the entire article and see an excellent graphic.