Billy Mays “Pitchman” with his new tv show (Pitchmen : Discovery Channel) was found dead by his wife. The 50-year-old known for his OxiClean ads was pronounced dead at 7:45 am.
CNN reported Mays was on the US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Tampa on Saturday that had a hard landing at Tampa International Airport when the plane’s front tire blew out. There were no reported injuries on Flight 1241 US Airways.
In Billy Mays last interview Mays had reported he was hit in the head by flying contents of the airplane when the hard landing took place.
According to TMZ Mays was reportedly not wearing his seat belt but then the comment was retracted.
The investigation is on going.
Mays was a spokesman for Orange Glo and detergent OxiClean and appeared in commercials for other products. His new reality TV show “Pitchmen” on the Discovery Channel follows pitchmen in the field.
The Discovery Channel said in a statement “It is with incredible sadness that we have to report that Billy Mays died in his sleep last night”. "Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth. 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. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time of incredible loss."
Billy Mays survived by his son, stepson and Wife, Deborah Mays in Odessa Florida. Billy Mays’ Home Town was McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.