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Pitchman Billy Mays Found Dead

6/28/2009 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Billy MaysTMZ has confirmed TV pitchman Billy Mays was found dead today in his home in Tampa, Florida early this morning.

According to the Tampa PD, the 50-year-old TV pitchman was found unresponsive by his wife Deborah at 7:45 AM.

TMZ has learned Mays' body has already been removed from his home.

Mays had just returned from Philadelphia, where he shot a new OxiClean commercial. He was a passenger aboard a plane that suffered a blown front tire upon landing. He told a local TV station, "All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."

We're told Mays was at his home around 6:00 PM last night, and according to a source Mays was "acting fine and normal ... he was talking business with his father-in-law."

According to cops, there are no signs of forced entry to the residence and no foul play is suspected. Billy's wife Deborah told investigators Billy wasn't feeling well last night.

The Medical Examiner's office is expected to complete the autopsy by tomorrow afternoon. Billy was due to have his third hip replacement surgery on Monday.

UPDATE
: Deborah just released the following statement: "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."

A rep for the Discovery Channel -- which airs Billy's show "Pitchmen" -- released this statement, "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."

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Jimo    

NO !!! BILLY MAYS HERE WITH OXI-CLEAN

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RxKing    

hOW SAD ANOTHER GOOD DUY GONE

1892 days ago
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Bill Kosak    

Goodnight sweet prince!! /b/

1892 days ago
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Steve    

RIP Billy. I just watched you on Conan last week. You were a stand up guy. My condolences to the Mays family.

1892 days ago
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Ender024    

BILLY MAYS HERE!!!....

1892 days ago
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Vanessa Kaye    

ANOTHER ONE!!! OMG THIS WEEK IS OFFICIALLY OVER AND 4 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OMFG.

THAT DUDE WAS HELLA COOL THOUGH HIS VOICE WAS HELLA ENERGETIC!!! LOVED WATCHING HIS COMMERCIALS LMAO R.I.P.

WONDERED HOW DUDE DIED

1892 days ago
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Obama is a Socialist!    

Sad!

1892 days ago
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papsmeardeath    

this sucks! i've used Oxyclean and it really did work. RIP Billy.

1892 days ago
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AMB    

WTF is going on here!!!!

1892 days ago
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raequel    

yo! this is has been the craziest week evar!

1892 days ago
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fortune cookie    

there goes that reality show...."Pitchmen"

1892 days ago
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rashyluvsbeyonce    

Aww sorry to hear that...I loved those oxy clean commercials.

1892 days ago
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Vanessa Kaye    

wow r.i.p.

1892 days ago
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Gee    

omgsh, i was just thinking about him right now and how long he has been on t.v he can't be deadd ?! rest in peace Billy !

1892 days ago
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Tink44    

Oh my God! this is getting scary! RIP Billy.

1892 days ago
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