View Full Version : Billy Mays nooooooo!

28th June 09, 12:11 PM
This is truly the end of an era.


TAMPA, Fla. Billy Mays, the burly, bearded television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.

Tampa police said Mays was found unresponsive by his wife Sunday morning. A fire rescue crew pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m.

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.

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

Born William Mays in McKees Rocks, Pa., on July 20, 1958, Mays developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other "as seen on TV" gadgets on Atlantic City's boardwalk. For years he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuits, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.

After meeting Orange Glo International founder Max Appel at a home show in Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s, Mays was recruited to demonstrate the environmentally friendly line of cleaning products on the St. Petersburg-based Home Shopping Network.

Commercials and informercials followed, anchored by the high-energy Mays showing how it's done while tossing out kitschy phrases like, "Long live your laundry!"

Recently he's been seen on commercials for a wide variety of products and is featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which follows Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs. He's also been seen in ESPN ads.

His ubiquitousness and thumbs-up, in-your-face pitches won Mays plenty of fans. People line up at his personal appearances for autographed color glossies, and strangers stop him in airports to chat about the products.

"I enjoy what I do," Mays told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. "I think it shows."

Mays liked to tell the story of giving bottles of OxiClean to the 300 guests at his wedding, and doing his ad spiel ("powered by the air we breathe!") on the dance floor at the reception. Visitors to his house typically got bottles of cleaner and housekeeping tips.

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman released a statement Sunday extending sympathy to the Mays family.

"Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth," Hillman's statement said. "Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend."

what the FUCK man, what the fuck

Aphid Jones
28th June 09, 12:27 PM

28th June 09, 12:38 PM
Wow. Can you die from screaming too much?

28th June 09, 01:58 PM
McKees Rocks native and famous TV pitchman Billy Mays has been found dead at the age of 50.

Mays, who recently Twittered about a slightly harrowing experience while flying when the tires blew out on the aircraft, was found dead in his home early this morning by his wife. Early police reports confirm no sign of a break in and suspect no foul play. Though Mays had been struck by debris inside the plane, he showed no signs of being seriously injured and there is no confirmation whether that incident is responsible for his death.

Mays got his first national exposure on the Home Shopping Network selling products for OrangeGlo International, hawking their line of products. He was so successful that other companies have hired him to promote their businesses as well, including ESPN 360 most recently.

Jesus christ. The world just got a little darker.

P.S. If you order now, we'll double the order!

28th June 09, 02:01 PM
I think Vince did it.

28th June 09, 02:09 PM
When death came for him, do you think he tried to sell an exception to the grim one?

RIP Billy, channel surfing at 3 am just won't be the same.

28th June 09, 02:19 PM

Dark Helmet
28th June 09, 02:22 PM

Dark Helmet
28th June 09, 02:23 PM

boondock lee
28th June 09, 02:24 PM
MJS beat you to the punch.


How does it feel to be beaten by MJS?

28th June 09, 02:27 PM
Fucking damn it.

My title was better though.

28th June 09, 02:28 PM

Now I need to go put on some skinny, tight jeans and eyeliner to make up for this.

28th June 09, 02:34 PM

boondock lee
28th June 09, 02:38 PM

Now I need to go put on some skinny, tight jeans and eyeliner to make up for this.

Pics plz or gtfo.

28th June 09, 03:32 PM
Look, a lady doesn't just give it all away. You've got to work for it a little bit.

Sun Wukong
28th June 09, 03:34 PM
now all we have left is the guy who damn near beat a hooker's head in.

28th June 09, 03:51 PM

Kein Haar
28th June 09, 06:32 PM
The latter guy is a sleaze? I could always sense it.

Yiktin Voxbane
28th June 09, 07:10 PM
I heard he fell off a cliff in New Zealand .... while filming .

28th June 09, 08:08 PM
I heard some sob story about him producing that weird offensive movie, and then getting in with the CoS and getting screwed over by them.

7th July 09, 12:36 AM
i just saw an ad for the awesomeauger on tv. i'm a bit surprised they're still using his commercials.

7th July 09, 12:41 AM
1) They already paid for them most likely, at least actually filming it and for the air time.

2) His wife probably gets the money.

7th July 09, 12:54 AM
true enough. still, it's weird seeing him on tv knowing he's already been autopsied.

7th July 09, 01:11 AM
I agree.

10th July 09, 11:58 PM
That's how I feel about old films with hot womenz in them.

I'm like "hot dayum she's gorgeous!" Then I realize that they are probably 80 or dust by now....