Sunday, June 28, 2009
ABOVE: Pittsburgh native Billy Mays with some of his famous products. Mays passed away sometime during the night follwing a hard landing in Tampa yesterday.
In a week of unprecedented passing of Hollywood and television celebrities, Pittsburghers were stunned to learn today of the sudden death this morning of Billy Mays, TV ad pitchman extraordinaire.
Mays, who was born in 1958 in McKees Rocks was onboard a USAir jet that landed hard in Tampa on Saturday. The plane blew out its' front tires at impact with the ground that caused the overhead bins to pop open and some luggage to land on Mays.
"I had something hit me on the head, but I have a hard head so I'm okay," he joked with reporters afterwards.
Early this morning, Mays' wife called paramedics when he was unresponsive. He was ruled dead at the scene at 7:45 a.m. and paramedics stated that he had died sometime during the night.
The passing of Mays leaves a gigantic void in the television pitchman field as he represented such products as OxyClean, Orange Glo, KaBoom and the famous "Shamwow".
Mays started his career in Atlantic City selling products on the Boardwalk there. Later he moved onto the Home Shopping Network. Just a few weeks ago, Mays made a radio appearance on the WDVE morning show with Jim Krenn and Randy Baughman doing cameos of his various advertisements.ABOVE: McKees Rocks boy Billy Mays. The entire city mourns his passing today.
While the cause of death has not been determined, speculation has already centered around the USAir landing and the blow to the head that Mays sustained. He was just 50 years old.