Popular and beloved Television salesman Billy Mays has died at the age of 50. Mays, who recently returned to his home in Tampa via a Philadelphia flight, was found dead on Sunday morning in his Tampa home according to police. Billy Mays was famous for shouting at viewers through the television while hocking all different products from OxiClean to ESPN 360.com
Mays’ wife found him unresponsive in bed on Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at 7:45am by an emergency rescue team that responded to the 911 call. On his flight from Philly to Tampa Mays said he was hit on the head when the plane made a rough landing in Tampa. His wife also said that he didn’t feel good prior to going to bed on Saturday night. There was no sign of a break-in at their home and no foul play is being suspected.
An autopsy will be performed on Monday by the coroner’s office involved in the investigation of Mays’ death. The only statement released by Mays’ wife, Deborah, was the following:
“Although Billy lived a public life, we don’t anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days,” Deborah Mays said in a statement Sunday. “Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times.”
Mays had the following to say after his rough landing in Tampa:
“All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping,” MyFox Tampa Bay quoted him as saying. “It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head.”