Sunday, June 28, 2009

RIP Billy Mays

TAMPA, Florida (BNO NEWS) -- Television pitchman Billy Mays — who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets -- was found dead inside his Tampa, Florida residence on Sunday morning, police officials told BNO News. He was 50-years-old.

Mays was found unresponsive in his bed by his wife and was pronounced dead by Tampa Fire and Rescue at 7.45 a.m. local time. "There are no signs of forced entry to the residence and no foul play is suspected," Lt. Brian Dugan of the Tampa Police Department said. The Medical Examiner's Office is expected to complete the autopsy on Mays' body by Monday afternoon.

"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days," Billy Mays' wife, Deborah, said. "Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times," she added.

"My dad didn't wake up this morning," Bill Mays' son wrote on his personal Twitter account. "He's gone. I'm gonna be strong for him. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers everyone."

On Saturday, Mays was on board the U.S. Airways passenger plane which made a hard landing at Tampa International Airport. No one was injured in the accident, according to airport officials. Lt. Brian Dugan called it "pure speculation" to say if his death was related to the plane incident.

"Just had a close call landing in Tampa," he wrote in his last Twitter update. There is no word on the possible cause of death.

Story courtesy of BNO News(


It was later learned that Mr. Mays had been struck in the head when the tires in the front landing gear blew out on his arrival at Tampa Intl Airport(TIA) Saturday. Initially, Mr. Mays had indicated that he was alright but what may have happened later may have be ghostly reminder of Natasha Richardson's injury and later death. Addendum

It is currently known that Billy Mays had heart disease and was ruled the cause of his untimely passing. It is not known at this time if he was previously aware of this condition even though he was scheduled for hip replacement surgery on the Monday following his death.

Last but not least a humorous video Billy did locally (Tampa) for the MJ in the Morning radio show at McDonalds in typical Billy Mays fashion. Enjoy.

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