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TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Florida home

By Erin Durkin

Spirited TV pitchman Billy Mays was found dead at his Tampa home earlier this morning, police said.

Mays, 50, lent his trademark booming voice to infomercials for products like OxiClean and Orange Glo.

His wife, Deborah Mays, found him at their home Sunday morning, the Associated Press reported. Tampa police said there were no signs of a break in or foul play.

An autopsy will be done by Monday afternoon to determine the cause of death.

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

Mays, who got his start peddling products to passersby on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, has plugged Mighty Putty, the Ding King dent repair kit, and, most recently, the website

"With every product you see me on TV with, I've turned down 100, 150 more," Mays told the News earlier this month, while in New York for a look alike contest. "I've been on TV for 11 years, and all I have is my good name."

"I compare myself to a big-league slugger, a quarterback, the doctor who delivers the baby," he said. "I'm not an inventor, but I'll take your product to the next level."

This is the crappiest week.

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Steamerthesteamtrain's avatar
I can't believe 10 years have passed.
AimeePenguins's avatar
what if billy mays came back from the dead and said BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
NickyVendetta's avatar
It's been ten years since he's been gone. :( RIP Mays
brookellyn's avatar
god rest his soul :pray:
DoodleBug1234's avatar
i think i am going to cry!!!!! ):
Blue2Green's avatar
I MISS BILLY MAYS :iconcryforeverplz:
the new guy for the Oxy Clean sucks :(

He was truely an icon we shall always remember
HipsterHorsie's avatar
I :heart: him in the commericals. R.I.P. Billy. :cries:
NotNights's avatar
Alot of stars have been dieing latey, I hope God isn't trying to puneish us already.
Billy Mays was awesome for just a guy on a few cormeails, my sister wanted to buy, almost everything he talked about.
Necromoonie's avatar

well that sucks. I didn't even know he was dead.
RawrOfLife's avatar
Goodnight, sweet prince.
GaleLeafTornado's avatar
TV infomercials will never be the same again.
LadyLuck89's avatar
I loved that fuzzy bearded man. :heart:
Rickardt's avatar
Awesome job on this. It's too bad behind the circumstances behind it though...
Phoenixxfighter's avatar
;-; I was truly sad when I heard....
IWantArt1949's avatar
I am glad you did this. It is so hard to believe that someone so full of life is so suddenly dead.
geo-man-of-fire's avatar
This week was shit.
Plasmagummy's avatar
This is the worst tragedy since Michael Jackson :(.
Fuu-Inverse's avatar
What a FANtaaaaahstic product!
Yoyokilla's avatar
Will VH1 play all of his comercials like theyve been playing all of micheal jackson all day and night?
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joanieponytail's avatar
God love him. He will be missed.
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