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Billy Mays, star pitchman, dead at 50The booming bearded TV hawker behind products such as Oxiclean and Mighty Putty has died.EMAIL��|�� PRINT��|�� SHARE��|�� RSSTWITTER�DIGGFACEBOOKDEL.ICIO.USREDDITSTUMBLE UPONMYSPACEMIXX IT� �Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop readerSee all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)By Vivian Kuo CNNJune 28, 2009: 1:34 PM ETPhotosBut wait, there's more A short, incomplete history of some of the biggest hits and most iconic direct-response ads over the past 50 years.

View photos(CNN) -- Billy Mays, the man with the booming voice famous for fronting products such as Oxiclean and Orange Glo in TV commercials, has died.Tampa police say Mays' wife Deborah found him unresponsive at his Tampa-area home Sunday morning.

Tampa Fire Rescue pronounced him deceased at 7:45 a.m.0:00 /2:45Becoming Billy MaysThe cause of death is unknown.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry to the residence and there is no suspected foul play.Police said Mays was on the US Airways flight from Philadelphia that had a hard landing Saturday at Tampa International Airport after the front tire under the nose of the plane blew out.Tampa officials say the Medical Examiner's Office expects to complete an autopsy by Monday.In a statement, Deborah Mays said that although "Billy lived a public life," the family does not plan immediate public statements about his death.�Secrets of the TV pitchmenFor infomercials, downturn is prime timeFeaturesCorporate convict roundupA dozen criminals from the business world who have done real time.�MoreBuffett's $2.1 million lunch buddyHedge fund manager Zhao Danyang picks up a hefty tab for charity.�MoreSony: Lost in transformationSir Howard Stringer has been pushing to revive the Japanese giant.

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