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Billy Mays Was Set to be Taco Bell's Pitchman

6/28/2009 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

billy mays taco bellBilly Mays was about to film a bunch of commercials for Taco Bell -- this according to a radio host who talked to the pitchman a few hours before he died.

Todd "MJ" Schnitt from 93.3 WFLZ in Tampa was interviewing Billy's "Pitchmen" co-star Anthony Sullivan this afternoon, when Todd eerily admitted to speaking with Billy on the phone late last night.

During the call, Todd said Billy had just signed a deal with Taco Bell for a series of infomercial-style adverts that were going to be filmed in August.

Todd also said Billy told him he "hit his head on the overhead luggage compartment" when the US Airways airplane blew its front tires while landing in Tampa yesterday.

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James    

lol @ Billy Mays

1753 days ago
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LooooL    

Should have "Pitched" Wearing a Seat-Belt
The Captains of Airliners Always have the seat beat sign on during Take-offs and landings!!!

1753 days ago
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Winky Vitalic    

Dear God I am so upset about this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO4jjh2R8Ms

1753 days ago
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pamelajd    

USair rescinded their seat belt comment already....besides I have no clue how your seat belt could prevent objects from falling on your head? Are they antigravitational seat belts that US air is using now?

1753 days ago
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bigorange    

Wow this sounds more like maybe he did not have his seatbelt on and his body flew up and hit the overhead compartment. Rather than something falling out on his head.

1753 days ago
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Brett Sutherlin    

I didn't even realize this guy was a florida resident. Brett Sutherlin

1753 days ago
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Horhay    

F' MJ Kelly.. MJ Morning Show sucks....

1753 days ago
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Mike the helmet    

Now I'm hungry, lets go get a taco.

1753 days ago
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CutTheCrap    

Does anyone have any respect at all anymore??? RESPECT THE LIVING &
THE DEAD! My GOD!!!!!

1753 days ago
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don pedro    

"But WAIT"!!!!

1753 days ago
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Brett Sutherlin    

I wonder what he was going to sell for Taco Bell? The Mighty Taco? Brett Sutherlin

1753 days ago
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sam    

Very sad for his family, sounds like he did not have his seatbelt on for landing or took it off just as the plane touched down (like everyone does). Wait until the plane comes to a complete and final stop!!!

1753 days ago
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shrink    

Oh, dear... he must have sampled their food.

1753 days ago
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Jezzy    

Bye Bye Billy!! So this makes room for the next loud-mouth I have to mute.

1753 days ago
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Wombat    

"hit his head on the overhead luggage compartment" ...this ties in with the airlines seat belt comment. If he was not wearing one and the plane landed as it supposedly did, then Billy would have rocketed straight up and smacked his head on the overhead luggage compartment.

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