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TV Pitchman wasn't wearing a seatbelt: FAA
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 2:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Television pitchman Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa, Fla., home today, the St. Petersburg Times reports. He was 50. The promoter of everything from baking soda to cleaning supplies said he felt unwell last night after landing in a 737 airplane that blew out a front tire. Mays told a reporter "things from the ceiling started dropping" and hitting him on the head. The FAA initially deflected blame, saying he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, TMZ reports.

"The passenger needs to wear a seat belt during landing and he didn't," an FAA spokesperson said. He later took back the remark, saying, "At this point in time, we cannot have any idea who was or wasn't wearing their seat belt on the plane." Mays leaves behind a wife, 3-year-old daughter, and a stepson. An autopsy is slated for tomorrow.

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JonmarkP
Jun 29, 2009 12:29 PM CDT
Who's next - Cher, Chef Tony? Our whole celebrity infrastructure is crumbling! If I had any influence, I'd REALLY like for Rush to be next. Hope, hope, hope.
Newser001
Jun 29, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
We're all going to die, someday - Some sooner than later. For me, Billy will be remembered for being annoying, farcical. He was, in the sincerest sense, a comic, as he pitched and spun his bric-a-brac. We remember those, who have passed, not out of maliciousness, nor false memories, but for whom they were. I have a fond and yet annoying remembrance of him that brings on a headache each time I think of him; but that's just me.
mintclassic
Jun 29, 2009 9:29 AM CDT
Yeah, come on. If you're going to make a joke about the recently deceased, it should at least be funny. Or, you know, a joke.