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AkronSteel
06-28-2009, 01:55 PM
Reported by ESPN, pitchman Billy Mays reported dead in his home this morning at age 50!! It has been a really strange week to say the least!!

Mays found dead at age 50
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ESPN.com news services

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.

He also was featured in an advertising campaign for ESPN360.com.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

calmkiller
06-28-2009, 02:29 PM
Well this makes 4 because Ed Mcmahon died earlier this week as well.

RuthlessBurgher
06-28-2009, 02:44 PM
Well this makes 4 because Ed Mcmahon died earlier this week as well.

I was about to say the same thing. I had no idea who Billy Mays was until they described him in the story. It was like when everyone made a big deal about the Shamwow guy getting arrested as if he were some kind of big-time celebrity or something. Why is ESPN reporting about the death of an infomercial pitchman anyway?

Johnny Carson could have had a excellent Tonight Show back in the day with Ed McMahon as his sidekick, Farrah Fawcett as the lead guest, and Michael Jackson as one heck of a musical guest. The guy who was responsible for the paid programming that came on in the middle of the night after Carson's show was over is not nearly the same league.

proudpittsburgher
06-28-2009, 02:45 PM
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/28 ... -breaking/ (http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jun/28/281143/tv-pitchman-billy-mays-found-dead-tampa-home/news-breaking/)

WOW. It's a bad week to be famous.

proudpittsburgher
06-28-2009, 02:50 PM
Sorry, just saw the DB. Feel free to delete, Mods. :(

SteelBucks
06-28-2009, 07:09 PM
Why is ESPN reporting about the death of an infomercial pitchman anyway?


He did some work for ESPN.

fezziwig
06-29-2009, 11:31 AM
Some one hit wonder singer died the same weekend. Can't think of his name or song. It was reported on the radio. Does anyone know the person or song ?

Iron Shiek
06-29-2009, 12:36 PM
Why is ESPN reporting about the death of an infomercial pitchman anyway?


He did some work for ESPN.


Yeah he did a commercial promoting espn.com. Its actually pretty funny.

And if you read any of the articles about his life story that are out now, Billy Mays was a self starter and built everything up from ground up. Pretty good story. He's more than just some loud pitchman...