Famous TV pitchman Billy Mays who promoted products like OxiClean, Mighty Putty and Awesome Auger, died on June 28. He was 50 years old. On the morning of June 28, medical response personnel found Mays unconscious in his Tampa, Florida home. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Mays was declared dead by a fire rescue team [Article - Billy Mays dies at 50; boisterous TV pitchman].
There has been talk that Mr. Mays may have died from a subdural hematoma stemming from a very rough landing Mr. Mays’ USAirways flight experienced on June 27, in which he received a blow to the head from a falling object. “All of a sudden as we hit, you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping,” said Mr. Mays. “It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head,” Mays joked. Mr. Mays did suffer from heart disease; therefore, if Mr. Mays took anti-coagulants that are used by heart disease patients, those drugs can weaken arteries and veins and can cause intracranial bleeding in those who may receive a blow to the head that does not appear to be serious. The true cause of Mr. Mays’ death will not be determined until after an autopsy has been performed.
Condolences to Mr. Mays’ family. He was certainly a very energetic and enthusiastic man who firmly believed in the products he promoted.
Autopsy analysis is in (though not conclusive, mind you) that Mr. Mays most likely died as a result of advanced arteriosclerosis (atherosclerosis) and not from a blow to the head. In any event, a tragic death amidst a week of tragic deaths. RIP Mr. Mays.