TV Pitchman Billy Mays Found Dead

Jun. 28 2009, Published 11:23 a.m. ET

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Billy Mays, the TV pitchman whose trademark voice helped sell everything from cleaning supplies to baking soda, was found dead Sunday morning by his wife at his Tampa, Fl. home. No cause of death has been reported and no foul play is suspected, Tampa police tell

An autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon.

The 50-year old pitchman was a passenger Saturday on board a US Airways flight that blew out its front tires and made a hard landing at a Tampa airport.

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A US Airways spokesperson said that none of the 138 passengers and five crew members were injured in the incident, but several passengers complained of bumps and bruises.

"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days. Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times," Mays wife, Deborah, said in a statement on Sunday.

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