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Deborah Mays

Deborah Mays

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AP PhotoInfomercial king Billy Mays was found dead in his home early Sunday morning, according to police.� The man famous for hawking cleaning products OxiClean and Orange Glo was found by his wife.� He was 50 years old.

"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days," Deborah Mays said in a statement.

"Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times."His spirited TV spots made Mays a pseudocelebrity, with coined catchphrases like, "It will make your whites whiter and your brights brighter!" spawning spoofs, making OxiClean and Orange Glo household names, and leading a surge of TV pitchmen promoting their products in powercharged short informercials.� ShamWow guy?� Totally his fault.

His face and booming baritone were instantly recognizable, and whether it caused a Pavlovian reflexed channel change or got you to pick up the phone, it is undeniable that he was great at what he did--he could peddle the hell out of a product.�"With every product you see me on TV with, I've turned down 100, 150 more," Mays told the Daily News about a month ago.

� "I've been on TV for 11 years, and all I have is my good name.� I compare myself to a big-league slugger, a quarterback, the doctor who delivers the baby.� I'm not an inventor, but I'll take your product to the next level."Watch Mays in all his OxiClean glory in a clip embedded below.� And while you're scrubbing your kitchen counter or doing a load of whites today, think of TV's most spirited pitchman.
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