Monday, June 29, 2009
Billy Mays Dead at 50 by Bound4Heaven Saved By Grace on Polyvore.com
Billy Mays, the bombastic, bearded TV pitchman best known for his OxiClean ads, was found dead in his Tampa, Fla., home early Sunday by his wife, People reports. He was 50.
People says that Mays was one of the passengers of a U.S. Airways flight that made an emergency landing in Tampa on Saturday because two of the plane's front tires blew out. But an airport spokeswoman says that none of the passengers reported injuries.
Police say an autopsy will be released this week.
Mays, who got his start hawking products on the Atlantic City boardwalk, often employed his talents for Telebrands, the "As-Seen-On-TV" empire run by New Jersey's own A.J. Khubani, who says that he is in a "state of disbelief" at Mays' untimely passing.
"He was a man passionate about his family, the products he so successfully pitched, and the industry that was so dear to his heart and he will be sorely missed," Khubani says. "His innovative role and impact on the growth and wide acceptance of direct response television cannot be overestimated or easily replaced; he was truly one of a kind."