TV pitchman Billy Mays, one of the most familiar faces on wee-hour television, died Sunday in Tampa, FL at age 50. On Saturday he had been aboard a plane that made a landing at the Tampa Bay airport that was so rough that the plane blew its tires, leaving debris on the runway. Mays told reporters that he had been hit on the head during the landing. "All the things from the ceiling started dropping," he remarked. His hard-sell infomercials for OxiClean were so ubiquitous that several stations were running them even as competitors were airing news reports about Mays's death.

29/06/2009