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DarkHorse
06-28-2009, 09:43 AM
According to several news outlets they found him dead this morning.


http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/article1014018.ece
http://www.foxnews.com

bronco_boi_5280
06-28-2009, 09:48 AM
"Billy Mays here with Death, an exciting product....!"

CHANGSTER
06-28-2009, 09:49 AM
Ah Man, I was just watching his Discovery show. Seemed like a cool guy.

Wes Mantooth
06-28-2009, 09:52 AM
I will miss his pitches and hair club for men beard. RIP

broncofan2438
06-28-2009, 10:08 AM
Seriously? Wow, thats terrible

BroncsRule
06-28-2009, 10:11 AM
Ah Man, I was just watching his Discovery show. Seemed like a cool guy.

I've seen a few minutes of that show. All I could stand.

Billy came across like a total d-bag.

But he was a family man with kids - sucks for them. He must have been, what? 45?

theAPAOps5
06-28-2009, 10:13 AM
I blame his decision to not pitch the snuggy, lowered his immune system.

orangeatheist
06-28-2009, 10:17 AM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

Dukes
06-28-2009, 10:24 AM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

That's the first thing I thought of. RIP pitchman

El Minion
06-28-2009, 10:31 AM
Seriously? Wow, thats terrible

Sham Wow

BabyTO
06-28-2009, 10:43 AM
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Los Broncos
06-28-2009, 10:52 AM
Wtf?

400HZ
06-28-2009, 10:59 AM
I guess the beard trophy for most whiskers per square inch passes onto someone else now.

DenverBrit
06-28-2009, 11:02 AM
RIP....but I won't miss his annoying voice.

Florida_Bronco
06-28-2009, 11:10 AM
That's a shame.

Bronx33
06-28-2009, 11:15 AM
I will miss quickly going past his infomercials.

Kaylore
06-28-2009, 11:50 AM
I was just getting into the show "Pitchmen" on Discovery channel. This is quite sad.

Punisher
06-28-2009, 12:05 PM
rip

listopencil
06-28-2009, 12:17 PM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

Ed McMahon, Farrah and the child molester make three.

loborugger
06-28-2009, 12:21 PM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

Well, we had 3 last week. This is a new week. If 2 more go this week. Hey, you never know!

DHallblows
06-28-2009, 12:29 PM
Ed McMahon, Farrah and the child molester make three.

...yeah but this makes 4 is his point

manchambo
06-28-2009, 01:50 PM
My wife worked for Oranglo in marketing for a couple of years and one of her jobs was to coordinate Billy Mays' promotion schedule.

She liked him a lot. I met him a couple of times at company party type events, and he seemed like a very good, genuine guy.

RIP

Ramathorn
06-28-2009, 02:05 PM
wow. i am saddened by this. i love his show pitchmen. Just getting to know him as a tv personality. RIP

TexanBob
06-28-2009, 02:13 PM
Quite the irony if a man who MADE HIS LIVING YELLING would die quietly.

There's speculation he was injured on a USAir flight yesterday that blew a tire upon landing.

Circle Orange
06-28-2009, 02:24 PM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

I never got that, either. And everyone's forgetting David Carradine? People die everywhere all over the world, it's strange how bizarre myths get started.

Baba Booey
06-28-2009, 03:38 PM
Now THERE'S a tragedy. R.I.P.

Don Flamenco
06-28-2009, 03:57 PM
Slap chop guy VS. Billy Mays

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watermock
06-28-2009, 07:22 PM
His ESPN 360 ad was unbearable.

frerottenextelway
06-28-2009, 09:01 PM
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9895/bmh.jpg

Baba Booey
06-28-2009, 09:02 PM
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/9895/bmh.jpg

Good God...priceless.

ZONA
06-29-2009, 12:24 AM
His son is on Twitter the morning of his death telling everybody??? That's F'd up man. Get a fricken life already. If you have to visit Twitter more then a few times a week, you're a loser. I've never even been to Twitter before, somehow I manage just fine.

Hogan11
06-29-2009, 02:31 AM
Vince has some huge shoes to fill........

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2009, 07:42 AM
The final shoe drops with celebrity deaths coming in clusters...RIP

http://entimg.msn.com/i/150/News/June09/mays_150.jpg

Police: TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at home
June 28, 2009, 11:35 AM EST
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Billy Mays, the burly, bearded television pitchman whose boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop-culture icon, has died. He was 50.

Tampa police said Mays was found unresponsive by his wife Sunday morning. A fire rescue crew pronounced him dead at 7:45 a.m. It was not immediately clear how he died. He said he was hit on the head when an airplane he was on made a rough landing Saturday, and Mays' wife told investigators the TV personality didn't feel well before he went to bed that night.

There were no signs of a break-in at the home, and investigators do not suspect foul play, said Lt. Brian Dugan of the Tampa Police Department, who wouldn't answer any more questions about how Mays' body was found because of the ongoing investigation. The coroner's office expects to have an autopsy done by Monday afternoon.

Mays' wife, Deborah Mays, told investigators that her husband had complained he didn't feel well before he went to bed some time after 10 p.m. Saturday night, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days," Deborah Mays said in a statement Sunday. "Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times."

U.S. Airways confirmed Sunday that Mays was among the passengers on a flight that made a rough landing on Saturday afternoon at Tampa International Airport, leaving debris on the runway after apparently blowing its front tires.

Tampa Bay's Fox television affiliate interviewed Mays after the incident.

"All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping," MyFox Tampa Bay quoted him as saying. "It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."

McElroy said linking Mays' death to the rough landing Saturday afternoon would "purely be speculation." She said Mays' family members didn't report any health issues with the pitchman, but they said he was due to have hip replacement surgery in the coming weeks.

Born William Mays in McKees Rocks, Pa., on July 20, 1958, Mays 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 circuits, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.

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.

Commercials and informercials followed, anchored by the high-energy Mays showing how it's done while tossing out kitschy phrases like, "Long live your laundry!"

Recently he's been seen on commercials for a wide variety of products and is featured on the reality TV show "Pitchmen" on the Discovery Channel, which follows Mays and Anthony Sullivan in their marketing jobs. He's also been seen in ESPN ads.

His ubiquitousness and thumbs-up, in-your-face pitches won Mays plenty of fans. People line up at his personal appearances for autographed color glossies, and strangers stop him in airports to chat about the products.

"I enjoy what I do," Mays told The Associated Press in a 2002 interview. "I think it shows."

Mays liked to tell the story of giving bottles of OxiClean to the 300 guests at his wedding, and doing his ad spiel ("powered by the air we breathe!") on the dance floor at the reception. Visitors to his house typically got bottles of cleaner and housekeeping tips.

As part of "Pitchmen," Mays and Sullivan showed viewers new gadgets such as the Impact Gel shoe insert; the Tool Band-it, a magnetized armband that holds tools; and the Soft Buns portable seat cushion.

"One of the things that we hope to do with 'Pitchmen' is to give people an appreciation of what we do," Mays told The Tampa Tribune in an interview in April. "I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell."

Discovery Channel spokeswoman Elizabeth Hillman released a statement Sunday extending sympathy to the Mays family.

"Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth," Hillman's statement said. "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."

Beantown Bronco
06-29-2009, 08:01 AM
Funny how we're not hearing anything more about celebs "dying in 3s". The hoops people kept jumping through to try to prove some sort of correlation between the two criteria was comical.

bronco militia
06-29-2009, 08:03 AM
up for redwing fans

;D

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2009, 08:05 AM
Funny how we're not hearing anything more about celebs "dying in 3s". The hoops people kept jumping through to try to prove some sort of correlation between the two criteria was comical.


Every time a celebrity dies, a baby bird learns to fly...er something...

JCMElway
06-29-2009, 08:26 AM
Merge, please

BroncosinDC
06-29-2009, 08:32 AM
Funny how we're not hearing anything more about celebs "dying in 3s". The hoops people kept jumping through to try to prove some sort of correlation between the two criteria was comical.

Leave it to Billy Mays to throw in a 4th one free.

ElwayMD
06-29-2009, 08:35 AM
Why am I the most upset that he is gone? This guy busted his rear to go from rags to riches. Plus he's a Pittsburgh boy so I gotta give some love to a fellow transplanted Pittsburgher.

Taco John
06-29-2009, 09:11 AM
Leave it to Billy Mays to throw in a 4th one free.



I should go ahead and close this thread because it has officially been won.

Cmac821
06-29-2009, 09:42 AM
"Billy Mays here with Death, an exciting product....!"

:nono:To soon man:nono:

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2009, 09:44 AM
All I can say is...Kaboom!

Well played.

DomCasual
06-29-2009, 09:50 AM
Leave it to Billy Mays to throw in a 4th one free.

I hope I'm not the only one who REP'd you for this. This is a great line!

Pony Boy
06-29-2009, 10:12 AM
When Farrah got to heaven God told her he would grant her any wish, and she asked to please protect the children and "poof" God killed Michael Jackson.

theAPAOps5
06-30-2009, 01:20 PM
Awesome Billy Mays Facts

http://www.billymaysfacts.com/

ElwayMD
06-30-2009, 04:10 PM
We may have another celebrity death. Emmanuel Lewis aka Webster was on a luxury yacht that has capsized. Odd that he was Michael Jacksons little boy "toy" (take that however you want).

Bronco Yoda
07-01-2009, 12:09 AM
Did they conduct an autopsy on that beard to see if it was actually real?

That was a thing of beauty.

Chuck Norris and Billy Mays once had a beard-off. Chuck Norris tried to roundhouse Billy. Before his foot even left the ground, Chuck was already on his first of three easy payments of $19.95.

RIP

azbroncfan
07-01-2009, 12:40 PM
Well, there goes the "They Always Come In Threes" rule. Sheesh.

and they threw Billy May's in as a freebie when you get a three pack the forth is added for no extra charge. I couldn't help I know that is poor taste.

theAPAOps5
07-01-2009, 12:58 PM
and they threw Billy May's in as a freebie when you get a three pack the forth is added for no extra charge. I couldn't help I know that is poor taste.

I heard it as:

"There is a superstition that celebrities die in 3's but Billy Mays here and today only I am throwing in the 4th Free."