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TV "pitchman" Mays had heart disease, no trauma
Reuters ^ | June 29, 2009 | Robert Green

Posted on 06/29/2009 12:32:22 PM PDT by COUNTrecount

TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Billy Mays, well known for pitching a variety of products in U.S. television commercials, had heart disease but did not appear to have suffered head trauma in a rough airplane landing prior to dying in his sleep on Sunday, a medical examiner in Florida said on Monday.

The bearded, black-haired Mays, 50, who gained fame as an enthusiastic TV "pitchman" advertising an array of commercial products, was found dead by his wife at their home in Tampa, Florida.

On Saturday, Mays was among the passengers aboard a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia that landed roughly at Tampa International Airport after apparently blowing a tire.

Mays told local TV shortly afterward that objects had dropped from the ceiling of the plane upon impact and he had received a blow on the head, although he said at the time he felt fine.

In a preliminary statement on Monday after an initial autopsy, Hillsborough County medical examiner Vernard Adams said his examination found that Mays had "hypertensive heart disease," which refers to heart disease caused by high blood pressure, but "there was no evidence of any head trauma."

Adams said this heart ailment "was certainly capable of causing the sudden death." He said Mays had died in his sleep.

"It's not unusual for persons with heart disease to die this young," Adams said, adding that a formal report on the cause of death would be issued only after the results of toxicology tests were considered.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billymays; health; heart; heartdisease

1 posted on 06/29/2009 12:32:23 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

And US Air breathes a sigh of relief...


2 posted on 06/29/2009 12:33:36 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: COUNTrecount

Judging from the interview I saw with him after the hard landing, it didn’t sound like it was enough to cause intracranial bleeding. I’m not surprised he had high blood pressure. He was an intense guy.


3 posted on 06/29/2009 12:36:07 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: COUNTrecount

I’m sure he was a great guy, but his commercials were so obnoxious I raced for the remote at the first sight of him.


4 posted on 06/29/2009 12:36:12 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: COUNTrecount
I think I called it....he is overweight....type A personality....might have blood pressure problems.....sounds like he did....

I do want to say that the press conference was the best, most informative one that I have ever listened to...no congratulating the other doctors and paramedics and ambulance drivers like they do with the police...just the facts, simple, straightforward, and concise....I really liked the concise part...

of course the ditzy reporters had to ask questions that had already been stated in the press conference....that that's journalism for you...

5 posted on 06/29/2009 12:42:52 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Deb

he didn’t even LOOK like he thought he was believable, but if you looked close you could see him trying real hard to keep a straight face while knowing full well that the only reason he was making commercials was because he was blessed with one of the most irritating voices on the planet!

Godspeed, Billy, they’ll never find a worthy replacement for you!


6 posted on 06/29/2009 12:44:12 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: cherry
of course the ditzy reporters had to ask questions that had already been stated in the press conference....that that's journalism for you...

They do that so that they can tell their bosses they asked those questions.

That dodge is the journalistic equivalent of punching the clock.

7 posted on 06/29/2009 12:45:31 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Yeah, US Air does. Can’t blame them, either.
Billy’s son needs to take care of himself in light of this.


8 posted on 06/29/2009 12:45:31 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: Deb

I grabbed the remote and started pushing buttons too!

I could never figure out what kind of person wants to buy something from a guy that YELLS at them!

It was very irritating to me also, I had to change the channel whenever he came on hawking his wares.

When I found out he actually had a fan club, I started wondering at the mentality of these impulsive consumers.


9 posted on 06/29/2009 12:46:11 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: COUNTrecount

On Friday when Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, lots of posts were saying, “These things happen in threes! Who’s next?”

Who’da thunk it would by another 50-year-old? And not a druggie or high-living celebutard, either, but a happily married father. He was loud, but always with such a sweet and friendly expression.

RIP, Billy.


10 posted on 06/29/2009 12:46:59 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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To: COUNTrecount

Magnesium folks, you gotta get magnesium ...


11 posted on 06/29/2009 12:47:23 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: COUNTrecount
My friend worked with Billy Mays, including on his last commercial in NYC on Thursday. He said Mays was actually quite soft spoken and gracious in real life. Always thanked everybody who worked on the set and was an absolute pro at running things.

For some reason, it's better that it was just natural (his time, so to speak) than some dumb random accident.

12 posted on 06/29/2009 12:49:16 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Scythian
Magnesium folks, you gotta get magnesium ...

I hear folks talk about getting enough potassium, but have never heard anybody mention magnesium. What does it do?

13 posted on 06/29/2009 12:49:16 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: Syncro

He had a fan club? It could have only been made up of really lonely people without ears.


14 posted on 06/29/2009 12:49:37 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

LOL, he’d probably laugh as hard at your joke as I am now. Good one.


15 posted on 06/29/2009 12:53:32 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: Deb

If I call right now, will they double the order and throw in the SHAM WOW guy, too?

Yeah, I know, I know, but I just had to get it out. My jest refers only to the character he played on TV, not the man himself, OK? For the man and his family, my condolences.


16 posted on 06/29/2009 12:53:58 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: oldvike

Are you kidding, google “magnesium” and “heart” in google, it’s key to your heart and health ...


17 posted on 06/29/2009 12:54:48 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Scythian

EXERCISE folks, you gotta get EXERCISE...... ...


18 posted on 06/29/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: Deb

ROFL!


19 posted on 06/29/2009 12:56:26 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Oxy-Clean works great!!!


20 posted on 06/29/2009 12:57:38 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: Emmett McCarthy

You have to order in the next 10 minutes...we can’t do this all day.


21 posted on 06/29/2009 12:57:49 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: COUNTrecount
Deep Vein Thrombosis, blood clots in the legs caused by sitting too long, like in air travel....
22 posted on 06/29/2009 12:57:58 PM PDT by thinking
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To: thinking

Easily detected at autopsy and not mentioned.


23 posted on 06/29/2009 12:58:46 PM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: Red Badger

Beleive it or not, Mag is more important that excercise, you can excercise all you want and be low on mag (in fact it makes you more likely to be low on it) and you will suffer a heart attack no matter how strong your heart is, you don’t need a blockage, or high blood pressure, no mag means your heart cannot release it’s contraction, you die, period, with a perfectly strong heart, no blockage, happens to tons of folks everyday, only it’s listed as a heart attack ... But essentially, they died of lack of Magnesium ...


24 posted on 06/29/2009 1:01:03 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Deb

OK, but will it be one or two payments on my credit card?


25 posted on 06/29/2009 1:03:29 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

The Sham Wow guy already got his tongue almost bit off by a prostitute and landed in jail...don’t kick the guy when he’s down!


26 posted on 06/29/2009 1:10:53 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Scythian

I take BP medicine, Lisinopril, AND a potassium supplement, Klor-Con, along with a cholesterol inhibitor...................


27 posted on 06/29/2009 1:16:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: ravingnutter

I didn’t know that! Maybe she wasn’t a real hooker, but some gal being paid to shut his a$$ up!


28 posted on 06/29/2009 1:18:20 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Red Badger

Hey Badger, read this, don’t do anything without your doctors advice, I am not a doctor, but I have went to very sick to excellent health with all natural things, and Magnesium is key to good health, especially when it comes to the heart, as well as Vitamin C and CoQ10. Read this link sometime and see what you think

http://www.detailshere.com/heart.htm

I take CALM Magnesium, if you have heart issues I really recommend it, talk to your doctor about it.


29 posted on 06/29/2009 1:20:08 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: Emmett McCarthy
For your enjoyment:

ShamWow Guy In Slap, Chop Bust: TV pitchman battered hooker in South Beach hotel room brawl

30 posted on 06/29/2009 1:24:41 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Scythian

I didn’t know that, but I was happy to see that the nuts I’ve been eating instead of other snacks are good sources of magnesium.


31 posted on 06/29/2009 1:25:10 PM PDT by Doohickey (The more cynical you become, the better off you'll be.)
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To: Scythian

Thanks for the tip. If I need magnesium, I can always go lick the rims on my SUV....................;^)


32 posted on 06/29/2009 1:25:43 PM PDT by Red Badger (Inquiring minds want to know, but American Idol minds could care less...)
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To: Albion Wilde

“These things happen in threes! Who’s next?”

1. Ed McMahon
2. Farrah Fawcett
3. MichaelJackson

1. Billy Mays
2. ?
3. ?


33 posted on 06/29/2009 1:34:10 PM PDT by beefree
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To: beefree
You forgot David Carradine.
34 posted on 06/29/2009 1:35:34 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: beefree
1. Billy Mays
2. ?
3. ?

Let's see, as long as we're getting rid of huckster pitch-men:

2. Vince the Sham-Wow guy
3. Algore the Glo-Bull Warming guy?

35 posted on 06/29/2009 1:39:10 PM PDT by ssaftler (OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: beefree
Gale Storm (My Little Margie) yesterday.

Fred Travelena (this morning).

-PJ

36 posted on 06/29/2009 1:41:24 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
If I call right now, will they double the order and throw in the SHAM WOW guy, too?

Just pay second shipping and handling.

That has to be the biggest scam of them all. Where does the standard price of $19.95 come from, regardless of what they're selling? And then, when they throw in a second one free (probably costing them pennies to make) and just charge you a second shipping and handling (for another $6.95? -- does it come in a second box?), they're really charging you close to $35 for that $19.95 deal.

-PJ

37 posted on 06/29/2009 1:46:33 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (This just in... Voting Republican is a Terrorist act!)
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To: beefree
“These things happen in threes! Who’s next?”
1. Ed McMahon
2. Farrah Fawcett
3. MichaelJackson

1. Billy Mays
2. ?
3. ?

That's another way to look at it. McMahon died one day closer to MJ and FF than Mays did.

38 posted on 06/29/2009 1:59:10 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Shouldn't there be equal time for our Bill of Responsibilities?" -- Justice Clarence Thomas)
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To: Political Junkie Too

And I bet the shipping and handling on a dead guy would be even more! Maybe I can’t afford free stuff.


39 posted on 06/29/2009 2:18:51 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: COUNTrecount
I sure hope that when my time comes I can leave this earth while sleeping. Compared to my cancer stricken husband, it would be so peaceful.

Prayers up for the family.

40 posted on 06/29/2009 2:48:57 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Albion Wilde
"On Friday when Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died on the same day, lots of posts were saying, “These things happen in threes! Who’s next?”

You forgot Ed McMahon. He was 1st.

41 posted on 06/29/2009 3:31:22 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: thinking

Agree Joe...DVT usually only occurs after prolonged periods of sitting idly. PHL to Tampa is a relatively short hop, no time for DVT to set. It certainly would have been detected in the heart, lungs, or brain and quickly ruled as the cause of death.


42 posted on 06/29/2009 3:47:40 PM PDT by RedRightReturn (OneBigAssMistakeAmerica)
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