Sunday, June 28, 2009

Billy Mays, Master Pitchman is Dead?

Some people found him and his voice incredibly annoying. The shouting made them crazy. Not me. Billy Mays, known as the King of the Infomercial, the master salesman, fascinated me because he could sell anything. I wondered what it was about him that made people rush to the phone and buy what he hawked.

What made him so convincing? I think it's he seemed authentic and sincere. Even though smart people know not to trust salesmen, Mays seemed like he believed what he was saying.

This morning Mays died, report multiple news sources. According to CNN:
The 50-year-old known for his shouting OxiClean ads was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. The Hillsborough County medical examiner will perform an autopsy, Tampa police Lt. Brian Dugan said.
He died at his home in Tampa Bay, Fla. There's speculation that his death may be related to a bump on the head. He recently was on a plane that had a hard landing after blowing a tire.

I never picked up the phone and bought anything Mays sold because I try to avoid anything buying seen on an infomercial. I'm at first a skeptic. However, if I heard friends and neighbors saying what he sold worked, I might try it when it if hit stores. A lot of times what he advertised did work, in particular Oxi Clean. Oxi Clean is amazing. It's possible that because Oxi Clean was such a great product, Mays gained more credibility for other products he hawked.

It was only one night last week that I saw him on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien with fellow salesman Antony Sullivan. They were promoting their new reality TV show Pitchmen which is scheduled to air its first show July 1 on the Discovery Channel.



The recent deaths, David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and now Mays, blows that kooky theory of celebrities dying in threes.

The photo is credited to AP in a Fox News story, but it looks like a promo shot to me.

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