Pitchman Billy Mays dies suddenly

Jun 29, 2009 at 5:17 p.m. ET

Billy Mays has died. Mays, known for pitching products such as OxiClean and Orange Glo, passed away like Michael Jackson -- at 50 from a heart attack in his home.

Last week will be forever remembered as a tragic week in Hollywood. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson — dare we say things always come in threes? Here at SheKnows we were looking forward to the weekend where hopefully there would not be additional losses to report. Although, in life there are always going to be unexpected twists and turns.

This was one of those weeks. Unfortunately, we were wrong.

A Florida medical examiner says that Mays most likely died of a heart attack and foul play was not a likely cause of his death.

Billy Mays will live on in his infomercials

As it turns out, Billy Mays had a hypertensive heart disease. Although he bumped his head a day prior to his death on a rough flight, there was no evidence of head trauma. At the time of his death Mays was taking Tamadol and hydrocodone for hip pain. Since he didn't experience drug abuse and he was taking the properly prescribed amounts of the drugs, as of right now it appears the vibrant personality pitchman died of heart disease.

In a statement, the Discovery Channel extended their sympathy to the Mays family.
"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."

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