Mays medical examiner disputes coke claim

MEDFORD, N.J., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- An independent medical examiner hired by the widow of Billy Mays says cocaine likely did not play a part in the U.S. television pitchman's death this summer.

Mays's widow disputes cocaine claims

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The widow of Billy Mays says the late TV pitchman did not use cocaine prior to his death despite claims to the contrary from a medical examiner in Florida.

Report: Pitchman Mays used cocaine

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays used cocaine days before his heart attack and the drug's use helped kill him, a Florida county medical examiner said Friday.

Company to air new Billy Mays commercials

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- The president of the Media Enterprises marketing company says two new TV commercials featuring the late U.S. pitchman Billy Mays will debut soon.

Billy Mays remembered in hometown

PITTSBURGH, July 3 (UPI) -- Co-workers Friday praised infomercial pitchman Billy Mays as he was buried in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pa.

Show in doubt after Billy Mays's death

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- The future of the show "Pitchmen" is in doubt with the death of popular U.S. infomercial spokesman Billy Mays, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Autopsy: Mays died of heart failure

TAMPA, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Iconic U.S. television pitchman Billy Mays probably died of heart failure and not from a blow to the head sustained on an airplane, a medical examiner says.

TV commercial king Billy Mays dead at 50

TAMPA, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- Tampa police say 50-year-old television pitchman Billy Mays was found dead at his home Sunday.

William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products. His distinctive beard and loud sales pitches made him a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada.

Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and began his career as salesman on the Atlantic City boardwalk. He traveled across the United States for 12 years, selling various items before he was hired to sell OxiClean and other products on the Home Shopping Network. His success as a TV pitchman led him to found Mays Promotions, Inc. On April 15, 2009, the Discovery Channel began airing PitchMen, a documentary series that featured Mays. On the morning of June 28, 2009, Mays' wife found him dead in his home.

Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, attended Sto-Rox High School, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later dropped out of West Virginia University and worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1983.

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