Spirited TV pitchman Billy Mays
was found dead at his Tampa
home earlier this morning, police said.
Mays, 50, lent his trademark booming voice to infomercials for products like OxiClean
and Orange Glo
His wife, Deborah Mays
, found him at their home Sunday morning, the Associated Press
reported. Tampa police said there were no signs of a break in or foul play.
An autopsy will be done by Monday afternoon to determine the cause of death.
"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. "Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times."
Mays, who got his start peddling products to passersby on the Atlantic City Boardwalk
, has plugged Mighty Putty
, the Ding King
dent repair kit, and, most recently, the website ESPN360.com
"With every product you see me on TV with, I've turned down 100, 150 more," Mays told the News earlier this month, while in New York
for a look alike contest. "I've been on TV for 11 years, and all I have is my good name."
"I compare myself to a big-league slugger, a quarterback, the doctor who delivers the baby," he said. "I'm not an inventor, but I'll take your product to the next level."