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.”