Billy Mays

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Billy Mays
Mays at the Flatiron District in New York City on June 13, 2009
William Darrell Mays Jr.

(1958-07-20)July 20, 1958
DiedJune 28, 2009(2009-06-28) (aged 50)
Cause of deathHeart disease
Resting placeMount Calvary Cemetery
Other namesKing of the Pitch
OccupationTelevision direct-response advertisement salesman
Years active1993–2009
EmployerHome Shopping Network
Notable workSee products pitched
Board member ofMays Promotions, Inc.
Spouse(s)Dolores Mays (divorced)[1]
Deborah Mays[1]

William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009)[2] was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most well known for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products.

His distinctive beard and loud sales pitches made him a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada.A universally loved figure wherever he aired he was the only thing that kept most people from turning the channel. Even after his death he's still a popular and prominent pop culture icon. More recently becoming a meme star.

He starred in his own TV show called Pitchmen with his friend and co-worker Anthony Sullivan. The show was on for one season before his sudden death.

Death[change | change source]

Mays died at age 50 on June 28, 2009 from complications of heart disease.[3].[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home". Tampa Bay Online. June 28, 2009. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Report: 'Infomercial King' Billy Mays Found Dead in Home". June 28, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  3. "Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death". usa August 7, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2011.

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