People know Billy Mays best as the bearded infomercial pitchman with the trademark shout. He was the undisputed King of The Infomercial.
The iconic pitchman was found dead in his Florida home this more morning. Mays, 50, was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department. No foul play is suspected. An autopsy is expected to be performed by Monday afternoon.
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.
Mays, a married father of two, cut his teeth selling goods on the Atlantic City boardwalk in the 1980s, allowing him to develop a booming voice for such products as Oxi Clean and Kaboom.
Always proud of his work, Mays added that he never endorsed a product he didn’t believe in, hawking everything from household products to insurance. “I sell products that help people out; I’m a problem solver,” he said. “I’m not an actor, I’m a pitchman [and] it’s been an exciting ride.”
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.”
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