According to the Associated Press, Mays, age 50, was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. after his wife, Deborah Mays, found him unresponsive in his bed. "Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days" said Mays' wife in a statement to the press.
The cause of the television pitchman's death is not yet known. However, Deborah Mays told investigators her husband complained he wasn't feeling well on Saturday night.
Mays had been aboard a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Tampa on Saturday. The front tires blew out as the plane landed at Tampa International Airport. "All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head." Billy Mays told Tampa Bay's Fox television affiliate.
Mays was born on July 20, 1958 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. The commercial superstar was best known for his catch phrase "Billy Mays here," and the pitching of cleaning products such as OxiClean and Orange Glo. He was also featured on Discovery Channel's reality TV show "Pitchmen," which follows Mays' and Anthony "Sully" Sullivan's adventures, as they search the world for the next biggest inventions.
Tampa police said the Hillsborough County Medical examiner will perform an autopsy on Monday.