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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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jared    

everybody apparently needs to stop drinking the water in Hollywood

1861 days ago
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Micah    

ok this is just getting ridiculous

1861 days ago
18.

Cleveland-West_Side    

At least Billy wasn't a child molester.

1861 days ago
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Annie    

RIP Billy! You've made me a believer in OxyClean!

1861 days ago
20.

KLW    

WTF is it with all these people dying?!?!?!

1861 days ago
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tonybrown    

just watching pitchman and click on tmz.. billy dead? no way... rip

1861 days ago
22.

lilyx    

I know it's horrible, but reading this really made me LOL! Just too much in one week I guess. Who's next.. the SHAM WOW guy?

1861 days ago
23.

HaHa!!!    

Is 50 a death sentence?
First Michael. Now Billy.

1861 days ago
24.

Dr. Blogstein    

The world just got ALOT quieter...

1861 days ago
25.

Wild Abra    

#3....you never speak its name. Remember the rules?

1861 days ago
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Sharona    

RIP Billy! Who is next? One more celeb needed to finish the 3.

1861 days ago
27.

Party 'till you die!    

WOW!!! WTF!!! I'm 43 and getting a full check up TOMORROW! Sorry to hear the news!

1861 days ago
28.

Chris    

Gee, I wonder if they will have a moment of silence for him in the House of Representatives like the did for MJ?

1861 days ago
29.

Wanda W.    

See, Iv always said celebrities die in threes. Last week.......... 1. Ed McMahon, 2. Farrah 3. Jackson. Now it continues 1. Billy Mays. Watch, 2 more celebs will die within 2 weeks of each other. It has never been disproved yet. Someone should start a dead pool.

1861 days ago
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Wild Abra    

#21...did you not hear about Ed McMahon? It was him, then Farrah, then Michael, now Billy.

1861 days ago
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