Top Stories

TV Pitchman Billy Mays Found Dead at Home

TV Pitchman Billy Mays Found Dead at Home

Infomerical pitchman Billy Mays has died, Tampa police confirm. He was 50.

Mays, who was known for selling products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, was found dead by his wife Deborah Mays at their home in Tampa, Florida.

“Although Billy lived a public life, we don’t anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days,” Mrs. Mays said in a statement on Sunday. “Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times.”

On Saturday, Billy was on board a U.S. Airways flight that blew out its front tires as it landed at a Tampa airport from Philadelphia. Billy tweeted, “Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing. Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air.”

During an interview after the incident, Billy said, “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.” Authorities haven’t connected the incident to Billy‘s death yet.

Billy‘s son @YoungBillyMays is currently with the family. He says. “Not quite sure what to say right now. All the support from you guys does help.”


Just Jared on Facebook
Posted to: Billy Mays

JJ Links Around The Web

  • Priscilla Presley carries dead dog at protest for dog meat trade - TMZ
  • Louis Tomlinson reveals why he decided to join X-Factor - Just Jared Jr
  • Is Beyonce pregnant? - TooFab
  • School of Rock on Broadway is coming to an end - The Hollywood Reporter
  • A Batwoman series might be coming to TV! - Just Jared Jr
  • djl

    Is the grim reaper taking a walk through tinseltown?

  • Sare

    That’s 4 people now. :’(

  • marisa

    RIP<3 you were the only one ever able to persuade me to buy oxi clean. you are a million times better than the shamwow guy. i love you<3

  • a

    that is crazy! has not been a good week for hollywood

  • SecretAffair

    wait! what the hell is going on? this would be the most sad and weird week i ever had. Ed Mcmahon,Farah Fawcett,M.J and now Billy Mays?

  • arkesha

    Um…wasn’t he just on Jay Leno or Conan recently?

  • E

    Wow, I just see the previews on that show last night and was thinking about those guys. What the heck is going on? 50 is not that old, it makes you think about your own mortality, especially if you are creeping up on that number. Praying for all the families that have lost loved ones lately.

  • whoa!!!


  • s33dyb3tch


    NOT EVEN FAIR!!! Billy Mays you were the BOMB, oxyclean will never clean again!!! Now we’re stuck with the shamwow guy that beats up hookers and the australian one. DAMNIT!!! Is 50 the new 80 or something?!

  • E

    “The 50-year old pitchman was a passenger Saturday on board a US Airways flight that blew out its front tires and made a hard landing at a Tampa airport.

    A US Airways spokesperson said that none of the 138 passengers and five crew members were injured in the incident, but several passengers complained of bumps and bruises.”

  • deea

    evan chandler confessed yesterday that he lied about being molested by Michael Jackson!!!!!

  • krung krung


    ======================================================did they all die in the smae week?

  • Gasol_fan16

    This is scary now! The Grim Reaper is trolling through Hollywood now! This is the 4 celebrity death this week!

    Billy May’s cracked me up. I liked him. RIP Billy.

  • ScreamingDarkness

    @krung krung: yup, they all dided in tha same week. Sad, I know. =[


  • Alexkziel


  • http://deleted koko

    omg.whats wrong.this is getting scary now.

  • http://justjared Ladylou

    This just makes what I know is true…. one had best be right with
    our Lord as we never know minute to minute if this breath we are taking may be our last.

  • forever56

    What the heck?!!? Nooo!!! I was just starting to like him too!!

  • joanne

    crazy. RIP

  • ciarr

    and this, is the saddest death of all!

  • slambang

    That is messed up! My condolences to his family. What a sad week it’s been. :(

  • Neil

    Now, if all the other infomercial talking heads would just follow him into the light…. (sorry, couldn’t help it)

  • me

    why is everyone dying!?!!??!?!

  • karenina

    omg i know now 6 people dead including the hollywood stars.. this is creepy =|

  • boona

    @djl your comment was funny, but not in a disrespectful way. cause I agree what is going on in Hollywood? This is starting to freak me out.

    Though this is truly sad. My condolensces to his family.

  • April

    Billy Mays, NOOOOOOO!!!! Meeting him was on my bucket list! ShamWOW Vince totally had something to do with this.

  • debbie

    is this 4th actually the start of another cycle of 3? its scary

  • LuckyL

    Oh God, people, please, even if you think a big head knock is nothing, please get it checked out =( RIP

    All these deaths are truly frightening.

  • Lalique

    Jared, thank you for continuing to give us news and not letting Michael Jackson’s (untimely and saddening) death be the only news. I love this site.

  • mcmarry

    since he was hit in the head myabe he had the same as natasha richarson???

  • joneblaze

    Just saw him in Times Square 2 weeks ago.You never know,live every day R.I.P

  • courtney

    seriously?! whats going on in hollywood?
    i just saw one of his commercials before coming onto the computer. :/
    my prayers are with his family also.

  • bulldog

    the celebrity deaths always come in 3s. now its gonna be a new round of deaths. this so creepy this just means two more celebrities

  • .


  • mint

    billy was the BOMB man he was great, this really sucks, well my prayers to the family and a big RIP for billy, no one pitched items like him. you will be missed.

  • Jessica

    This is just soo sad!!!!! Why is everyone dying?!??!?! What’s going on here? This is just so tragic. :( My condolences to all the family, friends, and fans. May they all rest in peace. What a week this has been..I really hope the sun comes out soon…

  • Sarah May

    aww. I’m gonna miss his annoying commercials. :( and remember. He didn’t do a commercial for a product he didn’t believe in. Most of them are pretty good.

  • Amanda

    What the hell is going on? Everyone is dying around us, I’m starting to get scared.

    R.I.P, Billy.



  • love him

    Loved to see his ADS…
    he is really great…-Made me want to try Oxi-Clean!

  • mad hatter

    another one bites then dust.

  • jaye

    I bought some oxi something that he promoted once for cleaning. It was crap. I should have known it was too good to be true. However, I did like him. I can’t look at the Shamwow guy without thinking of him getting his lip bitten by a Hooker.

  • http://justjaredjr oceangirl

    holy crap!. my thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and rest of his family.

    RIP billy mays

  • Emily

    Dude this is crazy.

    whats this, the 4th death this week???

  • Beki.


  • omggg

    wow everybodys dyiing im scared man

  • lakers fan in boston

    wow man, this is really sad =[
    he was my favorite infomercial guy
    he would always make me laugh with all the products he tried 2 sell
    now this stupid shamwow kid just came over and tried 2 take his spot
    no1 will ever be u billy!!
    sad thing is, idk how long it was going on, but he even had a tv show on discovery

  • Charles

    pretty crazy. Makes you wonder who will be next. I’ve grown to like Billy over the last few months.

  • strawman

    I can’t believe it! Another death? This is so sad. My condolences to the Mays family. RIP

  • Iggles

    Hmm. He hit his head on the plane. It could be that he had internal bleeding, like Natasha Richardson. Poor guy. RIP.