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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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berry775    

Sad :(

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32.

ivegoneblindfromwatchingthiscrap    

This sucks. Sound like the hard landing he had might have caused a brain injury. Common with auto accidents and even roller coasters where the person has no clue acts normals, then dead..

:( This sucks. He was in a US AIr ways hard landing/ sort of crash'ish the other day.

:( Nother down..

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33.

Laine    

They interviewed him on TV locally last night and he said he was hit in the head by something during a rough landing at Tampa Airport...could of had something to do with it? Another loss....

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34.

B-Bro    

Bless you Billy and my prayers go out to the wife and family, God Bless...

1941 days ago
35.

sparkys nemesis    

RIP Billy. And condolences to his family. Another life cut short before his time:(((

1941 days ago
36.

Michael    

He was on the USAir flight that had a tire blow out when landing in Tampa yesterday, wonder if he could have hit his head and developed a blood clot or something....

1941 days ago
37.

Cleveland-West_Side    

Four celebrities died last week, you're forgetting Sky Saxon, lead singer of The Seeds, died last Thursday.

1941 days ago
38.

Butterfly    

WHAT A SHOCK!!! GOD REST HIS SOUL ! Recently, some of our best known and beloved people have left us and now, Billy Mays . What is going on???

1941 days ago
39.

Wanda W.    

Oh and for #16 KLW, heres a news flash you may not be aware of............................. CELEBS ARE PEOPLE TOO, AND THEY WILL DIE JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!!!!!!!!!

1941 days ago
40.

the truth hurts huh    

Hey #21 - Sharona ..... There were already three: Ed McMahon - Farrah Fawcett - Michael Jackson.
Maybe it's moving into fours. Let's hope not.

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41.

jxtr    

The flight he returned on yesterday had a rough landing. One of the front tires blew. A local Tampa news station interviewed him and others as they got off the plane.

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42.

KKeene    

How sad! I am way more upset about this then MJ.... I truly loved Billy and Pitchmen! A sad day!

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43.

JeepGG    

OMG! We do not need another set of 3! Patrick Swayze look out..We love u all..God forbid...no more

1941 days ago
44.

Shaun    

WTF Really?! You take Billy Mays- and leave us with the ShamWow guy?! Are you f'ing kidding me!

1941 days ago
45.

Drew    

Wow. Just as the public was beginning to know him better from PItchmen, this happens. I wish the best for the Mays family.

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