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Mays at the Flatiron District in New York City on June 13, 2009
William Darrell Mays Jr.

(1958-07-20)July 20, 1958
Died June 28, 2009(2009-06-28) (aged 50)
Cause of death Heart disease
Resting place Mount Calvary Cemetery
Other names King of the Pitch
Occupation Television direct-response advertisement salesman
Years active 1993–2009
Employer Home Shopping Network
Notable work
See products pitched
Television PitchMen
Board member of Mays Promotions, Inc.
Spouse(s) Dolores Mays (divorced)
Deborah Mays
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William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most well known 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.

He starred in his own TV show called Pitchmen with his friend and co-worker Anthony Sullivan. The show was on for one season before his sudden death.


Mays died on June 28, 2009 from complications of heart disease. He was 50.

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