Friday, June 28, 2013

Remembering Billy Mays "The Pitchman" July 20, 1958 - June 28, 2009

Billy Mays was an American television salesperson and is most remembered for advertising OxiClean.

He also promoted Orange Glo, Kaboom, and other cleaning and maintenance products. Billy Mays was featured on "Pitchman" a TV series that documented his work and was often seen on the Home Shopping Network.

Billy also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Conan O'Brien Show.

Billy Mays died suddenly on June 28, 2009 in his home in Miami, Florida as a result of hypertensive heart disease. Cocaine use was listed as a contributory cause.

Mays funeral was held in McKees Rocks (near Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania. Family and friends served as pallbearers and wore the blue shirts (oxiclean logo) and khaki pants that Mays became known for in his promotions.  Those who attended his service received his caricature pictured above.

Billy Mays was laid to rest in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

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