Billy Mays Dead at the Age of 50

Billy Mays, Jr. has died at the age of 50.

According to reports, Mays’ wife Deborah, found him unresponsive Sunday morning their home located in Tampa, Florida. The cause of death is not yet known.

“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,” said Deborah Mays in a statement to the press.

 

Billy Mays William Darrell  Mays Jr. was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting Fix-It, OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, Zorbeez, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products on the Home Shopping Network, and through his company, Mays Promotions, Inc.

After meeting Orange Glo International founder Max Appel at a home show in Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s, Mays was recruited to demonstrate the environmentally friendly line of cleaning products on the St. Petersburg-based Home Shopping Network.
Developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other “as seen on TV” gadgets on Atlantic City’s boardwalk. For years, he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuit, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.
Father, with Dolores May, of Billy Mays III (born in 1985), and, with Deborah Mays, of Elizabeth Mays (born in 2006).
Brother of Randy Mays.
Was the CEO and founder of Mays Promotions, Inc., based at his home in Odessa, Florida.
Was a Republican.
Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, attended Sto-Rox High School, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later dropped out of West Virginia University and worked for his father’s hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City in 1983.
Father of Elizabeth Mays.
Best friend and partner of fellow pitchman, Anthony Sullivan.
Appeared in a commercial for the Simoniz “Fix-It Pro!”. [2009]
Appeared in a commercial for the “Jupiter Jack” hands-free phone system. [2009]
Co-host, with Anthony Sullivan, of an infomercial for the Omni “Dual Saw”. [2009]
Died 3 days after Michael Jackson, both deaths had drugs as an contributing factor while Jackson was Lorazane and Propofol, While Mays was cocaine.

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