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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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Jenny    

OH MY GOD. RIP Billy Mays, I loved waking up in the middle of the night to you! This is shocking.

What is happening to everyone??? This is scary. Wasn't there just a story on him how 2 tires on the Philly plane blew out and he was on it? But everything turned out OK. Ugh.

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To all    

#2o how do you know? Infact wtf do you know about Billy other than his infomercials? If you don't have anyhing nice to say STFU!!!!!!. Stop bashing people after they have passed away, you judgemental bastards. R.I.P. Billy.

1910 days ago
63.

Michelle    

oh how sad.I loved him! Why r so many people dying this week. Now whos gonna do our info commercials. RIP billy!

1910 days ago
64.

karine    

rough week....RIP

1910 days ago
65.

Bold Patriot    

Billy Mays was a great American businessman. I'm more shocked and upset by this news than the crap everyone is reporting. Billy Mays was respectable, and I for one will miss his booming voice in the background at my home.
RIP Mr Mays

1910 days ago
66.

LuluC    

Wonder if it's another case like Natasha Richardson....so sad....RIP Billy...loved your show Pitchman...and all your infomercials...you will be greatly missed....

1910 days ago
67.

R.I.P.    

everyone is remembering Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Micheal Jackson, and now Billy Mays. Everyone says it happens in 3s. It may have been a little longer but there was also Bea Arthur and David Carradine. That does make 6.

1910 days ago
68.

Tianna    

He was 50 years old too.

WOW!

1910 days ago
69.

aszure    

Damn. His career was just starting to blossom. What a shame. Vince Offer might suddenly have work now.

1910 days ago
70.

TTE    

Aw man... this sucks. Who's gonna run over his hand with 6000-pound cars now?

Wonder who's next. Maybe this time it'll be some jerk, because from what I've seen of him, Mays was an awesome guy.

1910 days ago
71.

me    

Okay, all these deaths have just become creepy now. What on earth? I still want to buy some of that mendit

1910 days ago
72.

KIT NEUMAN    

"OH MY" THIS IS TERRIBLE! MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO BILLYS FAMILY!I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO START COMING TOGETHER IN PRAYER & REFLECTION & REPENTANCE & FORGIVENESS! WE NEED TO START GETTING BACK TO OUR MORALS & BACK TO SHARING WITH & LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS! HOW MUCH LONGER CAN EVERYONE STAND IN THE DARK & BE SEPERATE ONE FROM ANOTHER? LOOSING PEOPLE LIKE THIS IS JUST BREAKING MY HEART & OTHER COUNTRIES KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE FREE.LOOK AROUND PEOPLE PLEASE LOOK AROUND & SEE HEAR & FEEL THE SADNESS & DARKNESS & DESPAIR OF OUR WORLD & MAYBE JUST MAYBE COMPASSION & LOVE & LITE WILL RISE HIGHER & SET THE WORLD WERE IT NEEDS TO BE! COME TOGETHER! LET IT BE! LOOK AT WHO YOU ARE IN THE MIRROR! CAN YOU BE YOUR FRIEND & LOVE YOURSELF? SPREAD LOVE & LET FREEDOM RING!!! SAVE HUMANITY BY SAVING EACH OTHER!!!

1910 days ago
73.

Jstbtrflyz    

Thoughts and prayers are with the Mays family....RIP Billy.....

1910 days ago
74.

Dan    

Man I was really getting into his TV show Pitchman. Billy you were the best seller!! We will miss you!

1910 days ago
75.

Ed    

OMG! Billy Mays is DEAD! Billy Mays is my 7 year old daughters idol, she would spend countless hours in front of the television watching nothing but the infomercial channel with Billy Mays! She will be absolutely devastated and heart broken when she finds out about this.

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