Billy Mays, 50 years of age, was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Florida home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry to Mays’ residence and foul play is not suspected. Authorities said an autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon.
“Although Billy lived a public life, we don’t anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days. Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times,” Mays wife, Deborah, said in a statement on Sunday.
Mays was well known for his numerous television promotions of such products as Orange Glo and OxiClean. He was also featured on the reality TV show “Pitchmen” on the Discovery Channel, which followed Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs.
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.
Billy Mays was known by the closest people to him, as a “very nice person”. From a personal standpoint, I found the mans voice entertaining. He could sell anything to anyone–a big steak to a vegetarian (joke statement). Some of his great moments in time (besides commercials) can be found right on YouTube. I have selected three of my favorite Mays videos to share with my readers here, so please, enjoy these and never forget the man that was Billy Mays.
Billy Mays at the office
Billy Mays at McDonalds (real)
Billy Mays vs Vince (shamwow guy)