Pitchman Billy Mays Dies

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Billy Mays, the TV pitchman who appeared in many commercials and infomercials, has been found dead in his Tampa home. He was 50.

According to multiple sources, Billy's wife found him unresponsive at 7:45 AM Sunday in their Florida home. Authorities in Tampa say Mays was pronounced dead this morning, and they suspect no foul play was involved. The coroner's office expects to have his autopsy completed by Monday.

Mays' wife, Deborah, told the L.A. Times that the family will not be making any public statements, and has requested privacy.

Billy was made famous through pitching products such as OxiClean and Orange Glo. Mays was working with the Discovery Channel on the show "Pitchman" when he passed away. Reps from the Discovery Channel released a statement to "Extra" regarding Billy's death. It reads:

"It is with incredible sadness that we have to report that Billy Mays died in his sleep last night. Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth. 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. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time of incredible loss. More information will be distributed as it becomes available."