King of the Informercial Billy Mays, 50, Found Dead at Home

TV Pitchman Billy Mays, age 50, was reportedly found dead this morning by his wife. Mays, well known for his prominent voice in commercials and informercials for products such as Oxy-Clean, Orange Glo, and Mighty Mend-it, had recently started his own reality show with partner,Tony Sullivan called “Pitchman” on the Discovery Channel. Information remains sketchy at the present time, although there was no evidence of forced entry into Mays’ home and foul play is not suspected at the current time.

Hours prior to his death, Mays was on a plane which blew out a tire on landing. None of the crew or passengers were known to be seriously injured but some passengers reported bumps and bruises. It is unknown whether this is at all related to Mayes’ sudden death. However, he reportedly 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.”

Head injuries that initially seem to be minor can sometimes have fatal consequences as in the epidural hematoma (bleeding into the skull) that killed Natasha Richardson following a ski accident.

Final cause of death will be determined by autopsy.


Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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